Address: 112 North Main Street
Architectural Style: Greek Revival
Year Built: c. 1820-1830
Architect/Builder: Rollin C. Hurd (?)
Original Owner: Daniel S. Norton

The home, one f the oldest in Mount Vernon, was built for Daniel S. Norton. Norton was born April 12, 1829 in Mount Vernon. He established several wool and cotton mills in the city and became quite wealthy. Norton was also a recognized canal commissioner and is credited for helping establish Kenyon College in Gambier, just east of Mount Vernon.  In 1855, Norton moved to Minnesota and gained political fame as a U.S. Senator, holding office from 1865-1870. He died on July 13, 1870 at the age of 41.

Though accounts vary, the builder of this home may have been Rollin C. Hurd, who was President of the Cleveland, Mount Vernon, and Columbus Railroad Companies and was married to Daniel S. Norton’s daughter, Mary Banning Norton. Hurd was also a lawyer and a judge in Mount Vernon.

This Greek Revival house has virtually all of its original features, including well-proportioned pediments facing toward the sides, a full entablature with eyebrow windows, 6-ove-6 sash windows, sidelights and transom, and chimneys.  The front façade is highlighted by a superb portico with four Doric columns.  A side wing with hexagonal bay and matching entablature was added early.  Rear additions were all built before the Civil War.

 


 

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