We hope you will enjoy your tour of six historic building of Chelsea, decorated and ready for your visit. You are welcome to visit the homes and church in any order. Docents and homeowners will be on site to answer your questions and tell you a little bit about their homes.
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Tickets also available for sale at these following Chelsea locations:
- The Garden Mill, 110 South Main Street
- Chelsea Pharmacy, 1125 South Main Street
- USArtQuest, 18650 W.Old US 12
- Chelsea Historical Museum, 128 Jackson Street (across from the Depot) – Tickets may be purchased only in this one location on the day of the event
TOUR STARTS AT THE MUSEUM
128 Jackson Street
The Chelsea Historical Museum is housed in the historic home near the Chelsea Depot. It was built by wagon maker Mial M. Boyd in 1853. His wagon shop was located on North Street. The house was designed with typical Greek Revival interior symmetry, with later exterior Colonial Revival additions. The Boyd House is one of the oldest houses in Chelsea.
Then start your walking tour …
121 East Middle Street
On February 18, 1894 a fire destroyed the church and only the organ was saves. In June of the same year, John foster, a builder from Chelsea, started construction on the church that still stands today. Sidney J. Osgood, an architect nationally known for his church designs, designed it in the Romanesque and Italian styles. It is believed that the awe-inspiring stained glass windows were installed about that time.
135 East Middle Street
The original home on this property was an Italianate home with a widow’s walk, built in 1870s and was destroyed by a fire. The current home was built around 1925. recent renovations to the home include an updated kitchen, family room, interior and exterior paint and a new front porch.
209 Jefferson Street
Built in the 1890s, this Victorian=style home features wood detail inside and out, including door and window moldings, gable details and a wraparound porch. The porch was restored in 2014, repairing the original porch posts and spindles and recreating the original porch skirt. A shed, built in 2016, replicates wood details from the house.
521 East Street
A doctor, working in Jackson, owned the property and in 1896 construction started on the house. Unique aspects of this home includes a poured basement, not normal at the time. the house design is called a Shingled Victorian commonly found on the east coast. There were only three known to exist in the Midwest. The house was converted to apartments by the doctor’s daughters, but in the 1960’s the house was sold and converted back to a single family home with major changes to the kitchen and eating areas.
124 West summit Street
This beautiful home was built by the Keusch family in 1881. Bob Merkel purchased the home from John Keusch in 1961. Bob began modernizing the house with the creative help of Arthur Lindauer, Architect. The full wraparound front porch was removed and the entrance to the east side of the home was relocated, creating a more welcoming foyer. Rob Riemenschneider purchased the home in 2005. He and his wife Maria chose to further modernize the home for their family including the addition of a new kitchen, dining room and master suite.