114 East 34th Street // The Vance Nemenz House

The bungalow at 114 E 34th Street was my childhood home, where I grew up, in the neighborhood of my youth. I have strong memories of playing in Baker’s Field behind my backyard, walking to Jefferson School playground with my cousins and neighborhood friends, hosting our annual “Don’t Let the End of Summer Be AContinue reading “114 East 34th Street // The Vance Nemenz House”

The Richards Hamilton House // 220 West 9th Street

The home at 220 W 9th Street was originally built by Captain John Stevens Richards and Adelaide Philadelphia McAllaster Richards around 1888. The family’s original home was 214 W 9th (where the Lodge at Sass stands currently). John and Adelaide’s daughter Mary actually married her neighbor (from across the street at 205 W 9th), GeorgeContinue reading “The Richards Hamilton House // 220 West 9th Street”

355 E 9th St // Weber Studio

The home at 355 E 9th Street was likely built prior to 1880 (it appears in ownership to the Weber Family on the 1880 census but does not appear on the 1870 census). This home remained in the same family from the day it was built until 1989 when it was sold to the BenedictineContinue reading “355 E 9th St // Weber Studio”

The Hearn House at 832 Cascade :: Sarah Hearn Memorial Presbyterian Church

The Sarah Hearn Memorial Presbyterian Church at 947 W 9th Street and the home at 832 Cascade both still stand to represent the built history of the Hearn family in Erie. Sarah Loomis Brown Hearn was born in 1823 to Hiram and Philena Brown.  Hiram Brown was born in North East PA in 1800, hisContinue reading “The Hearn House at 832 Cascade :: Sarah Hearn Memorial Presbyterian Church”

The Streuber House :: 231 W 21st St

The Italianate/Colonial Revival Victorian style home at 231 W 21st St was built for Emil and Mary Streuber in 1882.  Emil Streuber was born in Alsace, France in 1846 and came to Erie with his parents shortly after the Civil War.  His family established a Tannery business (Streuber Brothers Tannery) and had their headquarters onContinue reading “The Streuber House :: 231 W 21st St”

The Wells House :: 337 W 10th St

This Italianate home on the south side of W 10th Street was built ca. 1870 and would remain in the same family until 1991 (121 years). It was originally occupied by Captain John L. Wells and his wife S. Adelia Chambers-Wells. John was born May 20th, 1841 in Harborcreek to Jarvis Wells, who was aContinue reading “The Wells House :: 337 W 10th St”

Erie Home History Research Presentation

This is the entirety of the talk I presented for the Erie County Public Library on July 17, 2021. In it, I go through the steps I use when researching an old home or property. I should, hopefully, provide you with some tips for using internet resources to research the history of your Erie CountyContinue reading “Erie Home History Research Presentation”

317 Frontier Drive :: Weber Semple House

317 Frontier Drive was built in 1927 by the RB Way Company, who initially had their offices in the Commerce Building in downtown Erie. They referred to their homes as “WayBuilt” and were responsible for building homes in a number of neighborhoods in Erie, particularly in the area south of 26th Street near the SigsbeeContinue reading “317 Frontier Drive :: Weber Semple House”

Home History Research Resources

On Saturday July 17th, 2021, I gave a presentation through the Erie County Public Library about how to use free/mostly free internet resources to research the history of your old Erie home. I am listing the resources I most commonly use here as a reference for anyone working on their own house history. Erie CountyContinue reading “Home History Research Resources”