Historic house available for $1

WARREN — One of the oldest homes in Warren can be yours for $1, but buying the historic house comes with a catch.

The buyer must have the Wolcott / Marvin house at 410 Mahoning Ave. NW relocated from its spot adjacent to the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, a move that could come with a hefty price tag — as much as $250,000.

The library is selling the house to make room for a new addition for more space for children and teens, said Cheryl Bush, public relations manager for the library.

The extra space would be used for more computers for young people and give the library more room for events and quiet areas for studying and tutoring, Bush said. The library can’t use the house in its expansion because its floor plan isn’t open enough and it would need to be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Bush said.

So if the house isn’t bought, it will be destroyed, but library officials are hoping that isn’t the case.

“I wish someone would save it, I really do,” James Wilkins, library director, said previously.

The house has lost most of its historical value because of additions and alterations to the structure over the past few decades, Bush said. Still, if it can be preserved somewhere, that would be ideal, she said.

The library bought the house for $115,000 in October from Valley Title and Escrow Agency when the agency relocated.

Built in 1840, the home is the third oldest building still standing in Warren.

At one point, the house was owned by the Rev. Joseph and Lucy Dana Marvin until Lucy Marvin’s death in 1861. The couple had a daughter, Mary Louisa Marvin, who married Frederick Kinsman Jr. Rev. Marvin’s sister was Phobe Marvin Sutliff, who married Levi Sutliff.

The Sutliffs campaigned for the end of slavery and were connected to the Underground Railroad, which was notoriously active in Trumbull County, according to the Sutliff Museum, housed on the second floor of the library.

While several people have asked to see the house, none have submitted plans yet, Bush said.

Those interested have until the end of September to present a plan to the library proving they have a way to move it, a spot to place it and show he or she has the funds to complete the move and any renovations outlined in the plan, Bush said.

Wilkins said an architect who inspected the house told him it would cost roughly $250,000 to remove and renovate the house, depending on the relocation and how much renovation would need done.

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