Wells Sherman House Gets Foundation Permit

Court hearing scheduled on permanent injunction request

Efforts to relocate the historic Kent Wells Sherman House may be nearing an end.

The Kent Community Development Department recently issued a foundation permit that would allow the non-profit working to move the house, Kent Wells Sherman House, Inc., to build a foundation for the house on the lot owned by the group at 247 N. Water St.

And Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow recently set a hearing date in the court battle over the relocation for March 1 on the permanent injunction request made by the Save the Standing Rock Garden, a group of residents who oppose moving the house to the greenspace on North Water Street.

The foundation permit issued Feb. 12 only addresses the foundation. Other building code requirements of the relocation, such as electrical and utility connections, have yet to be signed off on by city building officials.


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The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 22, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I was just thinking how ugly the new stuff downtown is and how much of an "eyesore" it is. Nature moves me more than anything man made.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 22, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Are you aware you're taking out full size trees? I'm fully aware that the people so gung ho for this house do not utilize mother nature 365 days a year and have little regard for those of us who do. But after the horrorific destruction just down the street of the old sycamores to make way for the odd Fairchild Bridge, why do we have to remove more trees from downtown? Acorn Alley and all the new construction is also devoid of nature and getting away from our Tree City roots. “We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” Aldo Leopold
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 22, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Trees are an important part of every community. Our streets, parks, playgrounds and backyards are lined with trees that create a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment. Trees increase our quality of life by bringing natural elements and wildlife habitats into urban settings. We gather under the cool shade they provide during outdoor activities with family and friends. Many neighborhoods are also the home of very old trees that serve as historic landmarks and a great source of town pride. Noise from roadways and other urban activities is muffled by well-placed trees that serve as sound barriers. As a matter of fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that trees can reduce bothersome noise by up to 50% and mask unwanted noises with pleasant, natural sounds. Using trees in cities to deflect the sunlight reduces the heat island effect caused by pavement and commercial buildings.
Chris (Kit) Myers February 22, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Well, Mars, I understand what you are saying, but Kent State has removed and will continue to remove, scores of beautiful, decades old trees, for their multi-million dollar esplanade and I heard no hue and cry. Not many people seem to care that they smashed to the ground a lot of solid early 20th century homes, either. We call it progress...
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 22, 2013 at 03:11 PM
We do live in Kent State, after all. I thought I moved to the City of Kent, but I am most definitely wrong. It's the City of Kent State.
Resident of Kent February 22, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Mars- just like Akron is now the City of Akron University!
Resident of Kent February 22, 2013 at 03:31 PM
& I want that bench in the back seat of that Ford PU!!
Amanda Harnocz February 22, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Thanks Roger!
silly sally February 22, 2013 at 08:25 PM
you know perfectly well that the house will not look like the photoshoped photo roger, and how about a little credit for jason prufer since you're using his photo to further your agenda?
Honest Lady February 22, 2013 at 09:09 PM
I think the house looks really pretty there. It will be a nice addition to that neighborhood
sweet pits February 22, 2013 at 09:12 PM
you're right, SS - i'm especially curious how they accomplish replacing the hill at the rear of the lot with sky. please share your magic with us, FWSH!!
Honest Lady February 22, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Close enough though. It can't look that different than this picture. Also photoshops and realities are always different. That's the problem with 2 dimensions vs. reality. This is more a projection of what the house will look like not an exact rendering. When the house is on that lot there will be another photo taken and that will be posted. You can criticize that if you want. Not this though
sweet pits February 22, 2013 at 09:17 PM
furthermore, where will the funds come from for the brick walkways, wrought iron fence, lamp posts and decorative clock? if it's good quality, that'll easily cost 30-40k for labor and materials. I think the F in FWSH stands for "fools".
sweet pits February 22, 2013 at 09:20 PM
end of story?
Honest Lady February 22, 2013 at 09:23 PM
sweetie the bricks and the wrought iron fence will come in time. Once the house is on the lot there will be about a years worth of renovations and I can assure you it will spruce up the neighborhood and nobody will miss that weed garden/party central
silly sally February 22, 2013 at 09:57 PM
i can criticize it if i want, i walk by there everyday, and the perspective "imagined" for this photoshop is nowhere near the logistical dimensions of the lot. slam it in there if you will but you'll never get it to look like that.
silly sally February 22, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Honest Lady February 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM
It won't look like that photoshop it will look better. There are big plans in place. A house which was bigger than the Wells-Sherman House once stood on that lot and a house will stand there again
silly sally February 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM
dream on sally.
Honest Lady February 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM
no really. you will see. The Wells-Sherman House will go on that lot. This isn't a dream it is very much a reality. Want proof? Just read the article you've been commenting on.
Roger Thurman February 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM
After Neff's barber shop came Pandolfi's. There was also a bakery behind Dan's Shoe Repair. An exhaust fan filled Portage street with the perfume of baking bread as I walked down the hill to the three story bowling alley on North Water.
Resident of Kent February 23, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Why'd they take down the "1977" photograph from the article?
M.D.G. February 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM
downtown kent is an abolute DUMP, its about time they start caring about their history rather than putting up mom and pop shops that no college student can afford. This will be a nice addition to downtown, who cares about the standing rock garden. it was an eyesore anyway, thats what I always thought. Find a new place to have your garden, your in OHIO theres plenty of area to go around.
Balertwine February 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM
This house was built in 1858 by a descendent of the founder of Kent, not by the founder of Kent. Historical significance is not inherited. A 19th century doctor lived in the house. Big deal. This is the last 2-storey Greek Revival house in Kent. So what. No one was willing to buy this house with their own money and move it. Instead, a fanatical clan guilted KSU administrators into donating 40,000 of our tax dollars toward moving this ordinary-looking residential house. Our tax dollars should be used for government agencies, not a newly-hatched one-trick-pony charitable agency chosen by obscure, unelected KSU administrators. A tax dollar is a precious thing at a time when teachers and policemen are being laid off. Historically this is an insignificant house. There exists no good reason why we should donate towards its restoration instead of donating to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. It's not the Parthenon. It's just an ordinary-looking residential house. It takes an architect to recognize it is "Greek Revival". If this small fanatical clan spends $200,000 of other people's money, it will still look like a house common in northeast Ohio. The house is not ugly due to dilapidation. It is ordinary because there's nothing outstanding about its looks that cause your average person to slow down and point out the car window and say "Look! It's a Greek Revival style house! Did you see that?" When fanatics unite, watch your purse and watch your tax dollars.
Resident of Kent February 25, 2013 at 09:33 PM
@ Balertwine.. I concur.
silly sally February 25, 2013 at 09:46 PM
as do i.
G Myers February 26, 2013 at 07:53 AM
me too Resident of Kent! I bet Sue Nelson could find you one if anyone could!
Tina Puckett February 27, 2013 at 03:29 AM
I do hope Patch will consider a more appropriate photo of KWSH's rendering in the future and crops out the portions, such as foliage that has been added via PhotoShop on the building that SRCA and Vinyl Underground rent from Dick Rhoads. The misrepresentation of the building is not only laughable and offensive for the residents but can also be viewed as irresponsible reporting on Patch's part.
David Badagnani March 03, 2013 at 04:41 AM
This photo attached to this article doesn't make sense, as the appearance of the properties surrounding the antique house that is proposed to be moved to the green space do not accord with reality. Why is Patch promoting it?
Sue JEffers March 12, 2013 at 07:14 PM
what happened to portage street and the rest of the physical reality in that spot?


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