721 South Court Street is a noteworthy site in the history of the city of Medina. Paul Parker built the historic Eastlake Victorian home at the site in 1881. Mr. Parker was a prominent citizen of Medina, a man of extraordinary skill and principles. The many bridges in Medina, Lorain, Summit and Cuyahoga counties as well as the "Spring Mills" he built in Kentucky attest to his great skill and precision. The man was an ardent opponent of slavery and a dedicated member of the village council. Interestingly and tragically, Mr. Parker never saw his home completed. He died on February 22, 1884 due to, ironically, a construction accident during which a large rock fell against him and severely injured or broken his collarbone, ribs and shoulders. He died several days later, but not before putting his affairs in order.

Since that time it has been in the hands of three other noteworthy families: the Lower family from 1919 to 1944, the Vittel family until 1978 and finally Elaine and William Lamb, the current owners of the house. The Lambs have invested into restoring the house to its former style and glory, and it is due in part to their commendable effort that the South Court Street Historic Neighborhood Association has been able to attract so much interest within the Medina community.

The structure of the house is unique and an architectural marvel representative of the Victorian style. The beautiful brick corbeling, a central chimney as well as double doors at the main entrance add to the symmetry of the house. It is no wonder that the house was once named one of the handsomest residences in the village. The inside of the house was embellished with hand carved details and inscriptions as well as other expensive features and stained glass windows. The house, although forgotten through the decades, has regained its proper prominence and now stands a testament to the rich history of Medina County.

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A Mystery in the Walls
No one knows why there was Confederate money hidden inside a door frame along with a hammer. Especially so far away from the south. Mr. Parker must have picked up the money during his time in the Civil War.
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Paul Parker's Accident
Paul Parker, a council member and a prominent citizen of Medina, died on February 24, 1884. His legacy, however, remained behind in form of both his bridges across Medina and his magnificent house.
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Paul Parker Epitaph
One fateful day for Paul Parker. ~ Source: 2015 - 2016 MHS Sherri Hufford's Junior Language Arts Course. ~ Creator: Callum Parnell and Austin Kinzelman
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