Charles H. Bigelow House

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Charles H. Bigelow House
Charles H. Bigelow House.jpg
Front of the house
Charles H. Bigelow House is located in Ohio
Charles H. Bigelow House
Charles H. Bigelow House is located in the US
Charles H. Bigelow House
Location 2816 N. Main St., Findlay, Ohio
Coordinates 41°4′28″N 83°39′2″W / 41.07444°N 83.65056°W / 41.07444; -83.65056Coordinates: 41°4′28″N 83°39′2″W / 41.07444°N 83.65056°W / 41.07444; -83.65056
Area 1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Built 1888
Architect Henry Oswald Wurmser
Architectural style Queen Anne, Stick/Eastlake
NRHP Reference # 06000200[1]
Added to NRHP March 29, 2006

The Charles H. Bigelow House is a historic building in Findlay, Ohio, United States, that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 29, 2006. The home is considered to be a fine example of a Painted Lady,[2] or polychrome Victorian architecture.


The house was built between 1888-1889[3] during a period of rapid economic growth in Findlay. The 7,500-square-foot (700 m2)[4] house was designed by architect Henry Oswald Wurmser in the Queen Anne, Stick/Eastlake style.[1] The owner, Charles Henry Bigelow, was a son of an early settler and community leader, who built on his father’s achievements to become a successful farmer, livestock breeder and business leader. Bigelow was one of many Findlay residents whose fortunes grew along with the booming regional economy of the late 19th century, spurred by discovery of gas fields nearby. Bigelow later married May Vance,[5] a relative of former Ohio governor Joseph Vance.

The construction of the home during the gas boom of Findlay is evident by the many gas using fixtures original to the home. It originally had seven gas fireplaces, and many gas lamps. The original oriental brass light in the newel post is shaped like a dragon which breathed fire when the gas was lit. All have since been converted to wood burning fireplaces or electric lights.[2] In 1989, the exterior of the home was restored and repainted in a cracker cream, cottage red, village green, and lighter green in order to highlight the woodwork.[2]

In 1992, the house appeared in Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen's America's Painted Ladies: The Ultimate Celebration of our Victorians, a catalogue of exceptional polychrome Victorian or Edwardian homes. In 1995, the house appeared as a featured act of David Copperfield's The Magic of David Copperfield XVI: Unexplained Forces, although its history was falsified and it was referred to as the "Barclay House".[4][6]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c Pomada, E. & Larsen, M. America's Painted Ladies: The Ultimate Celebration of our Victorians. (New York: Viking Studio Books, 1992), pg 127.
  3. ^ Ohio Historic Preservation Office Archived January 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  4. ^ a b Sewell, Rhonda (2002). In all its Victorian splendor. The Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  5. ^ Lewis Publishing Company. Centennial Biographical History of Hancock County, Ohio. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  6. ^ Coonrod, Shelly. Mysteries on Main Street: The Bigelow House[permanent dead link] Findlay Living. Retrieved 2009-03-17.