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407 Marietta Avenue

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General Information

No:   407  
Street:    Marietta   
Name:   null  
Family:   Schwinn  
Historic Plaque:   null  
Owner Info:   N  
Built:    1938   
Sec:   23  
Subdivision:   Sibley's 2nd BL5  
Lot:   1-5, pt 6  
Architect:   Critchell?  
Cont/build:   Huber?  

Description:     
Owners:   3  
Original Use:   Residential  
Current Use:   Residential  

CHANGES:
As Built:   N  
Added To:   Y  
Subtracted From:   N  
Replaced:   N  

Description Of Changes:    Robert McGrew Critchell remodeled and added to this home for Ed and Betty Hoff in 1950 (see story 2). This home had a swimming pool (put in by the Hoffs in 1957) which was taken out by the Schwinns in 1988 after they no longer had children at home. 2002 - permit for William Schwinn to build a patio and side entry roof and porch (H&L construction, Jane Yancey, architect).  


Owners:

Current Owner: Bill & Betsy Schwinn Date Fr: 1974 Date To: 
Original: William E. & Helen M. Flint Date Fr: 1939 Date To: 1943/4
1:  Betty F. Hoff (& Ed) Date Fr 1: 1943/4 Date To 1: 1974
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10:  Date Fr 10:  Date To 10:  1975


Stories:

Story 1: Hackberry Tree on Marietta Avenue. Terrace Park's web site reports Terrace Park's first council in 1893 embarked on a tree planting program but had some difficulty with trees already existing. One of them, a hackberry on the line of Marietta Avenue, was so big that it blocked the roadway and traffic had to be detoured onto private property to get around it Ellis Rawnsley's book A Place Called Terrace Park says It was some time before anyone had the nerve and the means to take it down. Bill Schwinn reports, Opposite my driveway on Marietta Avenue is a row of large Hackberry trees for much of the block between Marietta and Amherst. The infamous tree may have been in line with those trees. I heard somewhere (I believe from Burt Good at 408 Marietta) that the trees lined a proposed alley in the early layout of plots in the village. The alley may have been planned to extend through the block from Marietta to Stanton because I receive a separate tax duplicate for 1/2 a lot which may represent the vacated alley. Lee Nordloh, surveyor, who has Plat Books of Terrace Park, sees no evidence to substantiate the idea of a planned alley in this section of Terrace Park. Perhaps the line of trees was just to separate backs of lots.

Story 2: When the Hoffs bought this house it did not face the corner as it does now. Pictures before 1950 show it looks to have been brick. It had a front door onto a porch facing Marietta. The Hoffs did not buy the corner lot (Marietta & Floral) when they bought the house. They later did buy it for their bedroom wing addition and remodeling in 1950. In 1950 the front porch was incorporated into the house, a bay window was added facing Floral and a 20x35 ft. bedroom wing with crawl space was added. Before the walls were put in in that new wing, the Hoffs held a square dance there on the sub flooring. (Information from Bill Schwinn 2003)

Bill Schwinn died 12 October 2021.  





Directories:

1939 Map: Flint

1942 Map: Flint

1951/3 Map: Edward W. Hoff

1959-72 Directories: Edward & Betty Hoff

1973-74 Direct:

1975-2019 Directories: Bill & Betsy Schwinn