In my spare time I drew up the existing plans of the house and what we call these rooms. The previous owners did use a few of these rooms differently. I always find how people use spaces depending on what they are needing. I can only imagine what the Mertes-Schaefer Family used these rooms as. Especially as we are first owners not to have kids currently. (3 out of 4 of the previous families had eight kids with one working shower)….
The Library as we use it was a previous office for the Jaggers. But when the house was built this room could have been many things. A Study/Library, a second parlor, A Music Room , A sewing room (possible with seven daughters at the turn of the century) , A smoking room (doubtful) or a makeshift Bedroom for when Johann Mertes’ father lived with them at the end of his life. These sorts of rooms were based off of what the family needed.
The bathroom entry of the dinning room is original but the bathroom was gutted probably numerous times so I have no clue what the space was used for in 1893.
The enclosed porch was probably open when the house was built in 1898. This is staying put because Sara likes using it in the spring and fall.
The kitchen wing is an addition. I believe it was added in the 1960s after the old kitchen was torn down. Edit: The kitchen is partially original. It has been expanded through the years.
The Second Floor has had a lot of wear and tear over the years. I am missing an original door to the traveler’s bedroom. No door hardware on the dressing room. Every room has a different type of lock. Also the previous owners put an engineered wood floor over the original hardwoods. I am trying really hard not to tear this up and hope that the original floors can be refinished but rule #7 is at play here. Someone also painted all the beautiful Victorian woodwork in the bedrooms….not good.
Originally the Dressing Room was a bedroom for the Jagger’s sons but we don’t need another bedroom so I’m turning into a walk in closet and place to get ready. It is also so narrow, the room is 13′ x 8’1″. You can only fit a twin in here.
I want to mention that there are 4 different types of Victorian baseboards, 3 types of door moldings, and 2 types of window moldings. In addition to this we also have chair rail and several scraps of moldings used in closets. I honestly think Johann Mertes used left over trim from other houses he built to finish the upstairs.
Photo tour coming soon.