Tanglewood (Chillicothe, Ohio)

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Front of the house
Tanglewood (Chillicothe, Ohio) is located in Ohio
Tanglewood (Chillicothe, Ohio)
Tanglewood (Chillicothe, Ohio) is located in the US
Tanglewood (Chillicothe, Ohio)
Location 177 Belleview Ave., Chillicothe, Ohio
Coordinates 39°19′39″N 82°59′19″W / 39.32750°N 82.98861°W / 39.32750; -82.98861Coordinates: 39°19′39″N 82°59′19″W / 39.32750°N 82.98861°W / 39.32750; -82.98861
Area 3.1 acres (1.3 ha)
Built 1850
Architectural style Greek Revival, Italianate, Monitor
NRHP reference # 79001934[1]
Added to NRHP June 20, 1979

Tanglewood is a historic house on the western side of Chillicothe, Ohio, United States. Built in 1850, it features a combination of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles of architecture,[1] and it is one of the best preserved examples of the rare "monitor" style of residential design.[2]

A Catholic clergyman, John McClean, arranged for the house to be built; however, he sold it to Richard Douglas, a local lawyer, before construction was complete. Douglas owned the property little longer than did McClean, dying soon after it was finished. The house's most prominent resident was William Edwin Safford, who lived there as a boy; growing to adulthood, he developed a strong reputation as a leading naturalist in the islands of the South Pacific Ocean, and he was later appointed to be the first Vice-Governor of Guam after the United States conquered the island in 1898.[2]

Built of brick on a stone foundation, it is covered with a roof of asphalt, and it features various other elements of brick and iron.[3] Tanglewood is an elaborate two-and-one-half-story house with many fine Greek Revival elements.[2] Among its details are multiple pillared porches featuring capitals of the Ionic order, an ornate frieze above the windows, and some elements of the Italianate style that was only just beginning to come into popularity in the middle of the nineteenth century.[2]

In 1979, Tanglewood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its well-preserved historic architecture. It is one of at least two Ohio monitor houses that is listed on the Register, along with one in the village of St. Paris that is known simply as the "Monitor House."[1]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 1226.
  3. ^ Tanglewood, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2010-08-30.