325 East Cross Street

325 East Cross Street

This stately home in the Queen Anne Style was built in 1894 by Jehiel J. Strang. We know nothing about him except that he liked the design well enough to build a similar house one hundred yards up the street. The Queen Anne style, with its high-pitched roof and gables, protruding bay windows and porches, and decorative squares, diamonds, and arches, was popular from the 1870s to the 1890s. These details on the Marzullo house are easy to appreciate because the intricate three-color paint scheme draws our attention to them.

LeRoy Lewis bought the home from Mr. Strang’s estate in 1920 and lived in it until 1960. From then on, it changed hands almost yearly until 1991, when it was purchased by Sharryl Sullivan. She and her husband, Peter Cousins, restored everything except the woodwork, returning the house to its original beauty with period wallpapers and paints. Sadly, many of these changes have been stripped away. But the present owners of one year, Cheryl and Matt Marzullo, have begun to re-restore the home with bold paint colors suited to their young family. One of the most striking features is the original fireplace, with tiles that were duplicated by Greenfield Village based on some pieces that remained of the surround. The old windows, with nineteenth-century glass, flood the rooms with light to welcome you into this very charming home.  Lynda Hummel

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