The Westerville City School District failed to garner minimum bids for two properties it put on the auction block last week.

The Westerville City School District failed to garner minimum bids for two properties it put on the auction block last week.

Up for auction on Nov. 19 were the two houses at 135 and 145 E. Walnut St., which currently are leased by the district as a home and office space, respectively.

The district listed a minimum bid of $161,000 for the house at 135 E. Walnut St. and a minimum bid of $112,000 for the house at 145 E. Walnut St.

With no takers at the auction, the district will be able to put the properties up for private sale, said Jeff LeRose, district executive director of business operations services.

The district's leadership still is determining the process for a private sale, LeRose said.

The property at 135 E. Walnut St., is a 1.4-acre lot 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 converted house no longer has a full bathroom.

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

Known as the Davis-Fullerton House, the property 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 visitors to the home included authors Carl Sandburg, Henrietta Buckmaster and Frank Seidel.

The property is valued at $320,000 by the Franklin County Auditor.

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

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 home by the district.

The property is valued by the Franklin County Auditor at $134,300.