Expanding the House

Expanding the House (HMX59)

Location: Mentor, OH 44060 Lake County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 39.841', W 81° 21.024'

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The first house here, built in 1831-32 by James Dickey, stood only 1 1/2-stories tall. In 1876, Congressman James A. Garfield bought the Dickey farm and, in 1880, had the house extensively remodeled. By raising its roof and expanding its outer walls, Garfield's workers doubled the house's size around the original structure.

After President Garfield was assassinated in 1881, his wife Lucretia received many public donations. In 1885 she used a portion of this money to add a third floor and back wing to the house, including the James A. Garfield Memorial Library - a forerunner of today's presidential libraries.

[Background photo caption reads] In 1880, James A. Garfield posed by the front gate of his newly-remodeled house, which newspaper reporters called "Lawnfield."
HM NumberHMX59
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 3:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 470828 N 4612532
Decimal Degrees41.66401667, -81.35040000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 39.841', W 81° 21.024'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 39' 50.46" N, 81° 21' 1.44" W
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Area Code(s)440
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8095 Mentor Ave, Mentor OH 44060, US
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