David King and His Estate

In the early 1800's Medina looked vastly different than it does today. One glaring difference is the square. Today, 210 South Broadway Street is home to Medina's beautiful public library. But in the 1800's, it was home to something very different. A house, in fact. But not just any house, this was a mansion, even by today's standards.

Built in 1833 by a wealthy merchant named David King, the house was modeled after America's very own White House. David King was one of the original investors in the Connecticut Land Company, which owned all the land in the Western Reserve. His land investments were in Medina, which is why he came to Medina, already with an extreme amount of wealth. While he lived here, he sold pork and liquor out of the South West corner of the square, which is today home to the popular frozen yogurt establishment, Lemonberry. On top of all of this, he was also, in a way, one of Medina's first banks, by loaning out money here and there to people who needed it.

Fast forward 70 years and the house was no longer owned by David King, but now by a man named Fremont Phillips. Phillips was given the offer to move the house to make room for Medina's public library. It was cut into pieces and rolled just down the road to 505 North Broadway on small rollers and railroad track ties.

Phillips sold the original plot of land to Franklin Sylvester, who's name is immortalized in our public library today. The house was then sold to a man named Ed Deible, who owned it for about 50 years, into the 1960's.

Unfortunately, come the 1990's the house was embarassingly neglected by the man who owned it after Deible. It had detoriated so badly during the time that the entire front of the house almost literally fell off.

Thankfully, Ed Deible had a grandson who took particular interest in saving this house. After the owner let it almost fall apart, it was put up for auction, and bought by Dieble's grandson, Jim Gowe, who now owns the houe and has restored to its former glory.


The Estate Today

The Estate Today

Driving on North Broadway, this house is even by today's standards, massive. You can not even see the house's "L" shape from the street. You probably would not even guess it's age, considering that it is an astounding 181 years old. Today, it looks just as good, if not better, than it did when it was brand new, thanks to renovations done by its owner, Jim Gowe. Gowe restored the house to its former glory because his grandfather, Ed Deible, owned the house for a solid 50 years, before it was sold off to another man who let it fall into disrepair. Image Courtesy of Anthony Graziano View File Details Page

On the Square

On the Square

The Medina Square was astonishingly different today than it was in the 1800's. When it was on the square in the later 1800's and early 1900's, it was owned by a man named Fremont Phillips. The house was where Franklin Sylvester wanted to put in Medina's first public library, so Phillip's had the house moved out of the way. Image Courtesy of Gloria Brown View File Details Page



When Fremont Phillips decided to move his house down the street, he had to sell his current plot of land. That land was bought by Franklin Sylvester. The library was built on the house's original land. To move the house was an incredible feet. It was cut into pieces and put on rollers and railroad track ties, and literally rolled down the street in 3 separate pieces. Image Courtesy of Anthony Graziano (from the Medina County Historical Society) View File Details Page


Mrs. Gowe on personal connections

The house is not new to the family, Mr. Gowe essentially grew up in the house as it was his grandfathers house. View File Details Page

Why did the Gowe's move here?

Mrs. Gowe explains the reasons and process of how they ended up in this historic house. View File Details Page

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Anthony Graziano , “David King and His Estate,” Discover Medina, accessed July 21, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/197.
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