Swetland House

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Swetland House
Swetland House.jpg
Front of the house
Swetland House is located in Ohio
Swetland House
Location 147 E. High St., London, Ohio
Coordinates 39°53′21″N 83°26′39″W / 39.88917°N 83.44417°W / 39.88917; -83.44417Coordinates: 39°53′21″N 83°26′39″W / 39.88917°N 83.44417°W / 39.88917; -83.44417
Area Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1871
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 83002007[1]
Added to NRHP January 11, 1983

The Swetland House is a historic residence in London, Ohio, United States. Built in 1871,[1] it is one of the city's leading Italianate houses, and it was once home to one of London's leading citizens.[2]

Jeriah Swetland passed through London in 1843 and settled there permanently in 1856. Founding a business with his brother-in-law, he quickly prospered; within a decade, he had become one of the city's richest men. In the late 1860s, he purchased a large tract of undeveloped land southeast of downtown London and platted it for resale; among the houses built in this area was his own, which was completed in 1871.[2] Built of brick with an asphalt roof,[3] the house features many clear Italianate elements, such as multiple bay windows, a hip roof, multiple verandahs, and ornate hoodmolds. Two-and-a-half stories tall, the house is divided into fourteen rooms.[2]

For a time in the late twentieth century, the Swetland House was used as an arts center, the London Community Arts Center. In early 1983, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, qualifying because of its connection to a leading local citizen and because of its distinctive historic architecture.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 940.
  3. ^ Swetland House, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2011-05-28.