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posted: 01-16-12 2:29 AM GMT
price: 58,000
intersection road 1: 1090 Grace Street
city: Mansfield
state: Ohio
zip: 44905
square feet: 4000
Historic Red Brick School House Needs Final Restoration

1090 Grace Street – Mansfield, Ohio 44905
(Corner of Stewart & Grace)


Assignment: To complete this restoration homework project for a 4,000+ sq. ft., 19th century red brick grammar school that has lots of country charm!

The school house is located conveniently between Cleveland and Columbus (70mi. South of Cleveland and 80mi. North of Columbus), in Mansfield, OH. This school is convenient to major highways and local shopping districts. It’s located just minutes away from historic Mansfield’s “Main Street Carousel District!” It would make a magnificent home, duplex or artist’s working studio!!

It was built in 1869 with an addition in 1921 of red brick like the original structure. This impressive brick school house sits on a 2+ acre CORNER LOT with a large horseshoe driveway and a beautiful greenbelt of evergreens along the property line. The building is zoned R-3 for residential and as it sits today, has three classrooms – the original (main) classroom has already been converted into a large open GREAT ROOM / loft space with an impressive red brick chimney. The interior walls of the main room have been taken back to the original red brick via sandblasting. The two smaller classrooms (see room dimensions below) still have the intact wall-to-wall slate chalkboards and with simple architectural plans can be divided into bedrooms or offices if desired. There is also a large gymnasium in the lower / basement level with restored red brick walls and commercial, large pane, swing-out windows, eleven foot ceilings and newly installed spiral duct work for the upgraded HVAC. The basement level /gymnasium is massive and has a small stage area that is perfect for a large home theater room.

The school house also has three high efficiency forced air furnaces (100,000 BTU), all on separate digital climate controls for energy savings.

The property has over $80,000+ in tear-out and in restoration work so far... but to continue your education, you must be a seasoned "student" of restoration work, who sees the potential of this impressive 4,000+ sq ft brick structure.

• TO FINISH PROJECT: To complete this restoration work, in addition to room subdivisions and other interior carpentry work, you will need to do the following:
• Plumb the interior for bathrooms
• Frame out bathroom walls
• Painting, and some hardwood floor refinishing work
• Add cabinets and fixtures, add kitchen cabinets, countertops and appliances
• Redo portions of the roof and replace old gutters
• Install new downspouts – suggested copper, galvanized steel, or plastic
• In addition, excavation around the exterior foundation is necessary for drainage.
• If you are a contractor or know a good GC, you can do this reasonably efficiently as most of the “heavy work” has already been done by owner, including:
• Drainage & excavation of the rear of the building – as those downspouts were already sub-trenched w/PVC piping for proper drainage. This building is on high ground and not in a flood plain.


Main Hallway / Foyer

The main foyer runs the full length of the building from front to the back with main entrance double doors and a single rear commercial glass door, leading out to the back yard and horseshoe driveway. The main foyer has 14’ ceilings, hardwood flooring and three (original 1920/rewired) hanging schoolhouse lights. The interior foyer (hallway) walls have been torn back to the bare wood and need to be finished with wallboard. The size of the entry way is 43’ long x 7’ wide. The rear foyer extending from the main hallway, steps down to the rear entrance. From the rear foyer, stairs continue down to the gymnasium / basement level to the right and the laundry/old kitchen/storage rooms to the left.

Great Room / Old Main Classroom with fireplace/chimney

The great room is an impressive room which has been torn back to the original red brick walls – the walls were sandblasted using black gold sand to protect the tuck-pointing.The floor is a hardwood and the original windows are still intact (see photos and measurements).The overall room dimensions are as follows:
Overall room is 30’ x 45’
The ceiling hosts two heights ~ the lower tier is 12’7” (unfinished) and the raised ceiling (unfinished) is 15’9”. The chimney/fireplace is 8’ across of red bricks.

First Floor Classroom (Southeast)

This room is located on the rear half of the east side of the building and has a raised ceiling (unfinished) of 12’7”. The overall room measures 21’ x 30’ and can be subdivided easily with interior walls. There is new ductwork, intact chalkboards and the original pane windows. The most distinguishing features of this room are the large original wooden locker/closet doors, unfinished hardwood floors and the outstanding view of the 2+ acres of property visible from the windows. This classroom has three entrances/exits. One leads from the main hallway, another leads into a common sunroom that adjoins the north and southeast classrooms, and the third doorway leads to the commercial stairwell to the ground floor and basement/gymnasium. The most notable plan for this classroom is for a large master suite and adjoining bath.

First Floor Classroom (Northeast)

This room is located on the front half of the east side of the building and still has the drop ceiling height of 9’4”. The overall room measures 21’ x 30’ and can be subdivided easily with interior walls. There is also new ductwork, intact chalkboards the full length of the room and the original pane windows. The view from the front windows faces Stewart Rd. This classroom also has three entrances/exits. One leads to the main hallway/foyer. The second leads to the common sunroom that adjoins the north and southeast classrooms. The third doorway leads to the commercial stairwell to the ground floor and the basement/gymnasium.

Architectural plans for the kitchen were located at the Northwest side of the main classroom (great room). New 220/110 electrical has been added for appliances along with climate control for one of three 100k BTU furnaces.


Gymnasium / Basement Level

The old Gymnasium has 10’ ceilings with gorgeous exposed wooden beams and new spiral duct work for the HVAC system. The overall room measurements are 43’ x 30’ and a separate stage area measuring 14’ x 9’ with exposed wooden beams and new /vented glass block windows. The gymnasium has two commercial stairwells leading to the ground level and to the first floor, with commercial glass doors leading outside. The gymnasium has all exposed red brick walls also. All windows in this room are commercial grade, double paned insulated/tempered glass that swing open. A secondary electrical/breaker box is located on the stage wall.

Laundry/old kitchen/storage area at basement level

Has 8’ ceilings and the overall room size is 14’ x 29’ and 7’ x 22.’ This room is perfect for a workroom, utility tub, washer/dryer, etc.

Coal Furnace Room/Storage Area
Please view additional photos for this area, as it hosts the original coal furnace ‘facing” and “shell” for the school. This unit hosts a beautiful iron facing that would be a spectacular and historic architectural feature for your home, if sandblasted and properly painted… adjacent to the coal furnace unit is the newly added concrete commercial and/or residential hot water tank slabs. This room also hosts a solid steel door w/pulley (perfect for a home bomb shelter or security system!


Access to the loft space is right off the main hallway near the rear of the building. Loft space is positioned over the main classroom / great room and both furnaces are positioned in this area, one on each side of the building to force heat down for energy efficiency. All cooling lines for A/C are also hooked into each furnace and the lines are located on the outside of the building for A/C units to be hooked-up. This walk-up space features a landing/ beautiful window view of the rear entrance of the building, looking out to the backyard.


Over 4,000 sq. ft for living space - working studio space
2.1 Acres
Solid brick construction
3 forced air/ high efficiency furnaces
Walk-up Attic/loft
Large Entry Hallway
Original schoolhouse “front door” intact – glass paned
Large great room with vaulted ceilings, paned windows, red brick walls, hardwood floors
Plenty of egress/ 7 entry/exits
Huge lower level Gymnasium with Stage and red brick walls, commercial large windows
Automatic Security Lighting Outdoors
Large Horseshoe Driveway – Partially Paved
Workshop Room/Laundry Room
Brick chimney / fireplace
Original wood / 10-ft windows on main level & new glass block and double paned tempered glass in workshop and gymnasium
Roof - Shingle (2/3 has been replaced) ~ some roof repair still needed along with gutter work.
Double row of beautiful Belgium Arborvitae for privacy along property line
Hardwood floors throughout, except for gymnasium – which is tiled
New City sewer lines and taps to property ~ plumbing & fixtures for bathrooms & kitchen necessary
City water supply
New Gas line --- Building hosts three new 100,000 BTU furnaces on separate climate control zones
This property has had two termite inspections and passed both!
Seller has made $80,000+ in upgrades since 2002.
Property taxes are only $750.00 per half (you have city water and sewer).

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