The Corkscrew Saloon

The Corkscrew Saloon

This building may seem like a simple Victorian style house from one side but when you get a closer look you can see a house that has been converted into an awesome restaurant. It's original purpose however was just a house. Over the years it endured several transitions between different styles of restaurants. It was originally called the Burnham house and then made its first transformation into "Great Expectations," in 1976. After some time it was then bought by an Ex- Lads singer by the name of Connie Cardini who then changed the name of the restaurant to "Penny's Poorhouse" in 1990. After some time the Corkscrew Saloon came into play in 2008. These different restaurants offered several different types of dining but all of which have great stories and put a great sense into Medina.

Buildings like this one are ones that should stay up forever. They are not meant to be turned into shopping centers or torn down for neighborhoods. They represent the cultural change Medina has gone through over the past 130 years. If someone were to ever wonder Medina looked like back in 1880, this would be the first place I would take them.

Besides all the facts about the Corkscrew saloon, one could agree that this place is a major part of what makes Medina as it is today. It is was one of the largest landmarks in Medina for a very long time. It's height even today is still pretty impressive. If I were someone that grew up around this place I would never want it to be torn down because it is the complete opposite of an eye sore. It is a building that is aesthetically pleasing and just an overall interesting place.

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A painting of the original Burnham house

A painting of the original Burnham house

The House was originally built in 1881 by a rich Medina farmer by the name of Nelson T. Burnham. He was a very wealthy farmer who resided in Middletown, Connecticut until the year 1846. He then moved to Medina and owned over 500 acres of land. He owned the most elegant brick house in the community. Built in the new-found Victorian style type of house. Each room in the house consisted of a fireplace. Photo Courtesy of the Beacon Journal and Medina County Library. View File Details Page

A picture of the house in 1970.

A picture of the house in 1970.

It is truly amazing that this original Victorian house still stands there to this day. Avoiding destruction and/or conversion to the average looking restaurant one would see during the time. That is the cool part about this place is that even though the times are changing and same with the interior; Anyone could still appreciate this building for what it was originally built for. To amaze people by the architecture and design. Photo Courtesy of The Gazette and Medina County Library View File Details Page

The Bar Inside "Great Expectations"

The Bar Inside "Great Expectations"

Here is a picture of the inside of the house. Many renovations were made to the interior of the house when it was first turned into a restaurant. They had all of the chimneys in the house removed. They built a bar and plan on converting the third floor attic into a cabaret. The owners of Great Expectation's were definitely not afraid to go out of the norm' of regular dining. Photo Courtesy of The Gazette and Medina County Library View File Details Page

Front view of The Corkscrew Saloon

Front view of The Corkscrew Saloon

The front view of the restaurant today. As you can see the house has changed very little and kept its original Victorian design. Another thing it still has is it's Widow walk which takes you across the front yard of the house. Photo Courtesy of Dylan Anderholm View File Details Page

Side view of the Corkscrew Saloon.

Side view of the Corkscrew Saloon.

The side view of the Corkscrew Saloon. You can notice here the excessive amount of chimneys and all the windows. This is something you don't always see, no change to the outer appearance of the building. Photo Courtesy of Dylan Anderholm View File Details Page

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Dylan Anderholm and Dylan Anderholm, “The Corkscrew Saloon,” Discover Medina, accessed July 22, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/109.

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