Frieda Whitmer House

5524 Houchard Rd., Amlin, OH


Photo taken by Brian Manville on June 1, 2018




Written by Brian Manville

I spoke with a man who lives on the property and works as a handyman. The house was run-down and as he said, "You could tell which way the wind was blowing by which curtains moved."

Over the course of 13 Saturdays, this man and the owner put on a new roof, replaced most of the windows, installed new facia, and insulated some of the walls. In addition, just about all of the mortar between the bricks has been replaced. The rainwater from the gutters is now directed away from the house and as such the basement now stays dry.

The brick for the walls is a double layer and every few rows, bricks are mounted cross ways for stability. A couple of the bricks have etchings on them - some with initials and a couple with dates. It is speculated that the clay for the bricks came from a nearby field that bears the marks of excavation.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1979
Reference number
NR name
Whitmer, Frieda, House
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1860


19th Century (37,584)
Amlin, Ohio (9)
Brick (42,462)
Built during 1860s (3,732)
Franklin County, Ohio (361)
Have Street View (44,001)
House (27,494)
Ohio (5,107)
Private owner (54,396)
Slate (5,715)
Stone (26,161)
Washington Township MRA (60)

Update Log 

  • June 1, 2018: Updated by Brian Manville: Added essay and photos
  • June 1, 2018: Essay added by Brian Manville