722 Park Avenue


General Information

No: 722
Street: Park
Name: Willard Corey/Robert Jones House
Family: Graf
Historic Plaque: N

Owner Info: Y
Built: N
Sec: 29
Sub: George W. Corey
Lot: 51, pt 50&52
Architect:
Cont/Build: George Washington Corey

Description: 2 story poured concrete Victorian Italianate Town House with gable roof.
Original Use: Residential
Current Use: Residential

CHANGES As Built: N
Add To: Y
Sub From: N
Replace: N

Changes Details: Charlie Cornish built the rear addition for the MacMillans as the kitchen was too small for a table and chairs and there was no 1st floor coat closet or space for a washer and dryer. The MacMillans also had Mart Ivers do a lot of restoration work both inside and out. Many decorative brackets under the eaves were replaced. In 1954 the MacMillans put in the hot water heating system as 2 bedrooms had no heat except a fireplace (info from MacMillans).


Owners:


Current Owner: William R. Jr. & Martha Graf
Curr Date Fr: 1980
Curr Date To:

Original Owner: Willard Corey (son of G. W. Corey)
Date Fr: 1880
Date To: 1893

Owner 1: Robert B. Jones
Date Fr 1: 1893
Date To 1: 1908

Owner 2: Frank A. & Teresa J. H. McGee
Date Fr 2: 1908
Date To 2: 1941

Owner 3: Winston E. & Kathleen Kay R. Kock
Date Fr 3: 1941
Date To 3: 1942

Owner 4: Warren J. & Grace Dunham
Date Fr 4: 1942
Date To 4: 1945

Owner 5: Edwin H. & Ella McElroy Bixby
Date Fr 5: 1945
Date To 5: 1953

Owner 6: Dr. James & Vergie S. MacMillan
Date Fr 6: 1953
Date To 6: 1962

Owner 7: Carolyn G. Stevenson (& James)
Date Fr 7: 1962
Date To 7: 1964

Owner 8: Nancy Gerard Ricketts
Date Fr 8: 1964
Date To 8: 1965

Owner 9: Robert W. & Sallie G. Beck
Date Fr 9: 1965
Date To 9: 1973

Owner 10: Robert Corey, trustee
Date Fr 10: 1973
Date To 10: 1973

Owner 11: Clyde J. & Dorelle A. Mahon
Date Fr 11: 1973
Date To 11: 1980

1975 Owner: Clyde J. & Dorelle A. Mahon


Stories

Story 1 : Built by G. W. Corey for his son, Willard. Faye Corey says home was built in 1881, others say 1880 or 1890. Clifford Corey, husband of Helen Corey, grew up in 722 Park. Robert Corey was trustee to Clyde and Dorelle A. Mahon.
Story 2 : Description of the house as if they had lived there yesterday by Kay Kock in conversation with Barbara Johnson (410 Western 1966-1984) and passed on to Pat Henley (327 Rugby) in 2000: Poured concrete; 2 parlors, each with a fireplace; huge dining room; kitchen with coal stove; porch in back; horse barn and detached garage; on 5 acres; 4 bedrooms upstairs, only two with heat; red brick house next door. (See changes above.) Kay's husband Winston Win developed the electronic organ or electronic music for Baldwin. They purchased the house from the McGees and lived there in 1941-1942. They moved to the east coast where Win worked for the government with its radar development during WW II.
Story 3 : From Dr. James & Vergie MacMillan (don't know date): This house was built in the 1800s (1886???) as part of a family complex. Judge Corey built the similar, larger house at 722 Wooster Pike. Our house (722 Park) and the one next door (726 Park) were built for his two sons. They were built of poured concrete. The cement from which they were made was brought over from Europe as ballast in sailing ships (see 726 Park). The large mirror and carved frame hanging over the living room mantle at 722 Park had originally been in the Wooster Pike house. This information was told to us by the Coreys who lived across the street from our side lot. Mrs. Corey (Helen) said that her husband, whose first name I can't recall (Clifford), grew up in our house. The Coreys had two grand-sons who attended MHS. I'm quite sure that Brad, the younger, was in Floy and Gregg's class (1966) and for some reason I think is still in the Cincinnati area. Perhaps he could fill in some of the details. We bought the house in March of 1953 from Mr. & Mrs. William Bixby, and lived there until June of 1962. I don't know how long the Bixbys lived there. I think 8 or 9 years. The owners before them were the McGees. If Janet Kerscher is still in the area she could tell you more about both owners.
Story 4 : Jones family? See picture.
Story 5 : The Stevensons tore down the carriage house to 722 Park which was east of the house. They sold that side lot where 720 Park was built. They stripped the house of some interesting details such as the inside shutters, the wardrobe the MacMillans had built in the rear addition, perhaps the living room mirror and carved frame over the mantle from the 722 Wooster Corey house. (info from MaccMillans)
Story 6 : Nancy Gerard Ricketts lived as a child with her parents and sister at 732 Miami. They later moved away to the Cleveland area. After that she lived with her mother's younger brother's family at 725 Yale and then at 602 Miami.
Story 7 : 1963 Scrapbook has a Times-Star article, April 4, 1963 (copy in house notebook)
Story 8 : This house is said to be haunted (not known by whom). John Mahon, as a boy, always had that feeling about it and Jane Harrier, next door, confirms the story. Jane Carrothers, on the other side (726 Park) also called it the Bad Luck House.


Directories:

1939 Map:
McGee

1942 Map:
Rev. Warren Dunham

1951/3 Map:
Edwin Bixby

1960 Directory:
James & Vergie MacMillan M. D.

1962-64 Directories:
James & Carol Stevenson

1965-66 Direct:
Mrs. Nancy Ricketts (moved to 749 Wooster)

1967-72 Directories:
Robert & Sallie Beck

1973-74 Direct:
(Sold 1973)

1975-78 Directories
Clyde & Dorelle Mahon

1980-2009 Directories:
William R. & Martha Graf Jr.

2011-12 Direct:
Lauren & Lindsay