69 Johnson Park
Johnson Park has been a hotbed for restoration projects on historic homes as of late. Most of the homes were build in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s making it a preservationists dream. 69 Johnson Park has a little bit different of a story though.
The owner of 69 Johnson Park, Don, bought the house in 1983, well before the recent trend of buying up historic properties and restoring them. When Don purchased this property he bought it with one goal in mind, restore every aspect of the home to what it looked like when it was built in 1855. That goes beyond architectural details and into the realm of decor and historical perspective in terms of what materials were available at the time.
Walking in the door is like walking through a time machine. Old portraits cover the walls and small trinkets are neatly displayed around the home. All of the castings, wood work, and colors are straight from 1855. Don informed me that when he purchased the house all of the walls and ceilings were painted white, but in 1855 the typical white that we see in homes now wasn’t available. So he had everything repainted in colors and pigments that were prominent in the 1850’s. Even the stove he uses is from a different era.
69 Johnson Park is currently on the market. Don told me that although he would like to sell quickly, he is looking for someone who is going to be passionate about the history and upkeep. He wants to see the next owner care about the historical aspects of owning a home built in 1855. If you think you’re that person, feel free to reach out.