Westerville News & Public Opinion

Auction will sell off Walnut Street houses


The Westerville City School District will place two houses on the auction block next week as part of a plan to rid the district of unused properties.

The two houses, at 135 and 145 E. Walnut St., currently are leased by the district as a residence and office space, respectively.

The auction will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at the district's neighboring transportation facility, 125 E. Walnut St.

The property at 135 E. Walnut St., known as the Davis-Fullerton House, has a 1.4-acre plot with a 2,534-square-foot house. The district has owned the property since 1986 but did not use it until 2005, when $280,000 was spent to convert it into office space.

The district began leasing it to another company for office use in February 2012.

The house has been given some local historical significance, as it once was home to Hugh Fullerton, the Cincinnati sports writer who uncovered the "Black Sox" scandal, in which the Chicago White Sox threw the 1919 World Series game for a payoff.

It also was the home of Lazarus book buyer Lulu Teeter, and those who visited the home during Teeter's ownership included authors Carl Sandburg, Henrietta Buckmaster and Frank Seidel.

The property is valued at $320,000 by the Franklin County Auditor, and the district will open bidding at $161,600.

The property at 145 E. Walnut St., is a 0.7-acre lot with a 1,368-square-foot residence.

The property was built in 1956 and was purchased by the district in 1987. The district has never used the building for district purposes, and it long has been rented out as a residence. Income from the rental previously has been used to fund district communications efforts.

The property is valued by the Franklin County Auditor at $134,300, and the district will open bidding on the property at $112,000.