Griesinger House

In the time period of the 1880's, the United States was beginning to take off to greater heights. Immigrants, whose home countries state of government were gaining more power for themselves, began to travel into the United States in order to chase their dreams, and start a new life with new amazing opportunities. In this case, Andrew Griesinger started a shoe empire that would be passed on to his generations of sons to come.

In 1832, Andrew Griesinger was born on December 22nd in Germany to Andreas Griesinger and Fredericka Brohm. Growing up in a state of government fighting for monarchy against the Roman Catholic Church, a young Griesinger moved to the United States to decide his own fate and follow his own dreams.
On behalf of coming to the United States, the decision on where one should settle for a new beginning was hard, and thoroughly thought out. After entering the country, Griesinger set out on a quest to find the perfect spot to open his own busniess. After searching and searching, he decided on one specific spot, and that spot is Medina, Ohio.
At the time, Medina, Ohio was a frenzy of new business owners, and immigrants with their own dreams to make a reality. Medina was a center spot for trains and buggies creating a swarm of people, new and old, constantly traveling through the city and creating a terrific spot for business. Andrew took advantage of this and decided to open his own shoe store located on the square. And boy was he successful.
Andrew's shoe store was a huge hit! It caught the attention of people near and far, developing a strong, firm base for his store, and would only flourish from there. The money the store brought in helped Andrew in the development of what could be the most beautiful, and expensive house in Medina at the time. His house was the only, all brick house in Medina. With 1,200 square feet a floor, it wasn't small at all. Pocket doors divide room from room with victorian style architecture placed ever so elegantly throughout the house. Stain glass windows, fill the stair case from floor to ceiling, adding an elegant shimmer to the house. A carriage house waits out back for a driver to pull in their car for the night, or perhaps enjoy a night out with friends. And lastly, an attic with oakwood floors used for parties and dancing sits at the top of this mansion. This attic however is the largest in Medina, and is the only one with a view of the entire square. Parties were hosted here, with the attitude of nothing more but to please those with the pleasure of swaying across the floor through the night.
Living in a house like this was not cheap. But Andrew played his cards right, and took advantage of the opportunity to start a business in the flourishing city of Medina.

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Griesinger House

Griesinger House

Image courtesy of DeHoff Realtors The house has been unoccupied for 16 years, and used as apartments before. While discussing preservation, Bill Lamb stated " Many people look at these houses as not necessarily the house itself but the neighborhood around it. Since, many of these houses are located in declining neighborhoods, people don't want to take the time to renovate these houses that were once the hot spot of Medina." View File Details Page

Staircase

Staircase

Image courtesy of Jess Sency The staircase is currently unaccesible and blocked off from entering. "Its sad to see these houses end up in this shape. We just have to get people interested, typically the people who buy these houses are younger and full of energy to save these houses because they see the potential. These are the people we try to target, im not saying older people dont want to do it, its just it takes time and effort, but the end is so, so worth it to see the beautiful house it once was." -Bill Lamb View File Details Page

Fan

Fan

Image courtesy of Jess Sency Question: What do you think the house would've looked like at the time of the original ownerz "It would have been quite a sight. I mean its so rare to get a picture of the inside of the house built in the 1800's, maybe the outside, but never the inside. This house would've had all these elegant victorian structures, along with kids running around, and it would be quite the decorated interior as well. I could only imagine how beautiful it wouldve looked..." -Bill Lamb View File Details Page

Stain Glass Window

Stain Glass Window

Image courtesy of Jess Sency The question was do you think a house like this would be a good representation of the ownerz Bill Lamb responded in excitement, " Oh definitely! I Mean its the only all brick house in Medina. Imagine how expensive it wasz The basement and attic alone are 6,000 sq. feet, making it the largest attic in Medina too. This house was definitely used as a statement to say, 'Hey look at me, I own the largest shoe store in Ohio' making this house both a landmark and economic pin point." View File Details Page

Stain Glass

Stain Glass

Image courtesy of Jess Sency This is a closer image of the stain glass, revealing an even more unique view of the design and thought that was put in to the house at the time of it being built. It is important to gain knowledge of houses like this and preserve them because this is the history from which everything present day develops. Houses like this are being torn down daily, or being foreclosed to which they are forgotten about. From that, the memories and knowledge along with the beautiful architecture is forgotten, and left to slowly decay away. View File Details Page

The Attic

The Attic

Image courtesy of Jess Sency Question, what is the most recognizable part of the housez Bill Lamb, " The attic no question. Its huge! I can only imagine the events that went on up there, maybe parties or maybe it was a ballroom. Its certainly big enough. Plus with a view of the entire square, it makes a statement of just how rich the Griesinger's were." View File Details Page

The Carriage House

The Carriage House

Image courtesy of Jess Sency The carriage house was built a couple years (1803) after the house itself was built (1800). It is believed that in the carriage house, the car/ buggie was parked here for the night. Or perhaps, late nights with friends were spent out there with a deck of cards and night of laughter. View File Details Page

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Jess Sency, “Griesinger House,” Discover Medina, accessed July 23, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/194.

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