Past Christmas Open House and Home Tour Events
December 11, 2005
Click here to see photographs of the house tours.
The first annual "Homes for the Holidays" home
tour featured four beautiful homes in Napleon's historic old west end.
In addition, the Dr. John Bloomfield Home was decorated for the holiday
season and served as the meeting point, where the tickets were sold
and refreshments for attendees were available. Tickets were $10 each for
members and non-members alike, with half-price ticketes avaiable for children
12 and under.. The homes selected for this year's tour were (click on a photo
to enlarge it):
||Aller / Beck / Germann / Klingler
404 West Washington Street
Hosts: Shane and Heather Klingler
This home, along with the
other three homes featured on this year's "homes for the holidays" was
originally built as a large one family home, but was later converted
into a duplex, and now is restored as a gracious family home. This
home was built in 1896 for Fred Aller, a partner in the Heller-Aller
Windmill Factory. A collection of memorabilia pertaining to Mr. Aller
and the Heller-Aller windmill business is on display collected by Shane
Klingler, the current homeowner. The house had been converted into
a duplex in 1946 as Shane found newspapers, dated 1946, stuffed into
a doorway that had been closed off and was reopened during the recent
The style of this house was typical of the larger homes built at the
turn of the century and it features beautiful examples of woodwork
and leaded glass.
Shane is a chiropractor associated with the Defiance
Clinic and Heather is a live newscaster at Fox Toledo TV. They bought
the home in 2004 and are very happy living in Napoleon.
Floral arrangements: Ivy League Florist & Design Studio, Napoleon
||Wendt / Herman / James / Schwaiger
431 West Washington Street
Hosts: Randy and Tammy Schwaiger
This extremely large home had, at one time, been divided
into duplex apartments. From 1952 to 1989 it served as the dental office
for Robert G. Herman, DDS. The house had been owned by Mrs. Herman's
mother, Irene Wendt. The Herman family made this their residence during
much of this time.
It is currently the home for Randy and Tandy Schwaiger,
son Chad, and three-year old daughter, Spencer. Randy is the co-owner
and manager of the family business, River City Bowl-a-Way and Tandy
is a stay at home mom. They have owned their home since 2000.
The second floor has four large bedrooms, a walk-in
closet and two full baths. On the third floor is a huge family entertainment
Please note the "fish scales" and the dentil
detail on the exterior gables of this century old home.
Many of the
wooden pieces of oak furniture were purchased at Lange's Antique
Oak, Hamler, as gifts to Tandy from Randy.
Decorations and accents:
Tandy Schwaiger with assistance by Sara Seigneur Designs
||Harrison / Speiser / Babcock / Wesche
516 West Washington Street
Hosts: Greg and Mary Wesche
|Here again this home, as the other three homes on today's
tour, had been a single family home and then remodeled into apartments
or duplex and now has been converted back into a comfortable home for
Greg and Mary Wesche and their teenagers, Gretchen and Sam. The Wesche
family have lived here for 16 years and say that it is an ongoing project
of restoration work, but they love it.
This is a fine example of a four square type of construction
which was popular a century ago and features the wide front porch and
the dormer windows at the attic level.
The newel post for the open stairway in the entry was found out back
in the barn while they were remodeling the home.
The home is filled with many, many unique collections and clever
artifacts displayed by Mary.
Mary has been the French language teacher at Napoleon
High School for 30 years and Greg is the Government and Special Ed
teacher at Four County School. Mary has conducted numerous tours of
France for students and for adults.
Seasonal decorations and accents: Wesche family collections
||Reiger / Downey / Patterson / Westhoven
714 W. Washington Street
Hosts: Randy Cooper and Jenell Westhoven
(This is a restoration project in progress)
|This home was built in 1897 for Frank and Anna Fisk. Anna Fisk was
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Thiesen, owners of Thiesen Lumber
Company, and who built the home next door at 704 W. Washington. This
home features quarter sawn oak in the entry, cherry wood work in the
front parlor and the dining room with the pocket doors faced with matching
/ companion wood trim. Please note the unusual detailing of the woodwork
and the fretwork here on the first floor.
Judge Reiger and his family lived here in the 1940s and 1950s. Then
in 1959, Bob and Pat Downey became the owners and moved in with their
five daughters and three sons. In 1975, local historian and antique
dealer and collectors, Russell and Marlene Patterson, acquired this
magnificent home and lived here until it was sold to Jenell Westhoven
and Randy Cooper in 2005.
This is a fine example of the Queen Anne style of architecture which
was extremely popular during the Victorian era and the couple's
plans include several colors of paint for the exterior.
This is truly a "work in progress" project for Randy
and Jenell and the house has received much attention due to the
recent repairs to the foundation, front porch, and exterior painting.
Floral and seasonal accents: Cattails Floral Designs, Napoleon