2013 Tour of Homes
Home played host to kids' adventures, artist's family
The house at 1449 Arlington Ave. has been home to several families since it was built in 1910, but perhaps no one enjoyed it more than the four children of Edward and Betty Browning.
The Brownings purchased the home in 1965 and lived there for more than four decades, said Win Keller.
Keller is serving as house captain at the Arts and Crafts-style home, one of three local residences open to visitors on Mother's Day during the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society's 2013 Tour of Homes.
"We had the chance to interview the Brownings' daughter, Ann, and she said she and her siblings had a lot of fun and adventures in that house," Keller said.
The youngsters -- Ann, Eric, David and Jon -- enjoyed climbing out of the bedroom windows into the large maple tree in the front yard, she said.
A laundry chute, which is still in the home, was large enough for the children to climb into and down from the second floor into the basement, Keller said.
"The furnace reminded them of a space capsule and certainly warmed their coats after they came in from playing in the snow," she said.
Ann Browning Shaw and her brother, Jon, still live in the community, across the street from each other, Keller said.
The house is one of two on this year's tour that has a connection to the artist George Bellows, who hailed from Columbus.
The Arlington Avenue residence was built for Charles C. and Mary Jane Halm Bellows. The architect was their son, who also lived in the house.
Charles was the younger brother to the artist's father, Keller said.
His wife, Mary Jane, was the daughter of Michael Halm, Columbus' first manufacturer and retailer of furniture, she said.
Her husband joined the firm and later became a principal in the McAllister Mohler Co. furniture store.
"It's amazing to think that George Bellows visited and wandered around this neighborhood," Keller said. "He was a small-town guy at heart, but the experiences he had here were quite different from those he had in his New York City neighborhood."
The home was sold in 1931 to Clarence and Nellie Weinland, who stayed in the residence until they sold it to the Brownings.
Clarence Weinland was a teacher at North High School in Columbus.
"It's a wonderful Arts and Crafts-style home and was one of the original expensive homes in this area during the era it was built," Keller said.
The house features two porches, one on each side of the house, along with original dark red and brown brick.
It was purchased in 2008 by the Leach family.
"They have done a wonderful job restoring the home to what it was originally," Keller said.
Over a garage addition, the Leaches built a master bedroom and bath, she said. They also renovated and expanded the kitchen.
The other homes on this year's tour are at 2041 W. Third Ave. and 1930 Cambridge Blvd.
The residences will be open to visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. Mother's Day, May 12. Visitors also will be able to tour the atrium of Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd., where the historical society and the Columbus Museum of Art will present an exhibit and program on George Bellows.
The cost of the tour is $10. Tickets can be purchased and the tour started at any of the four sites on the day of the event.
This story is the third in a three-part series on the houses of the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society's 2013 Tour of Homes.