PIQUA — The Leonard Parker House, located at 612 Caldwell St., will be among seven historic homes showcased during a special tour of the Piqua-Caldwell Historic District on Saturday, Dec. 9. Owners of the Italianate-style home are Diane and Tim Collette.
The tour, explained committee member Don Smith, is being organized to highlight homes within the district that have particular significance in Piqua’s history. The district, he said, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and encompasses areas on North Main Street, Wayne Street, Downing Street and West Ash Street.
Proceeds from the tour will be earmarked for signage identifying a number of the historic homes to include both the name of the original owner and date the house was built.
The Dec. 9 tour will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person, available at Mainstreet Piqua, Readmore’s Hallmark and the Allisten Manor’s Flower Box. Light refreshments will be provided at each of the homes on tour. The Collettes will be serving caramels during the tour.
The Leonard Parker House was built in 1878 by Leonard and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Parker. Lizzie purchased the property in 1877 for $1,500. The property had previously been the site of North School from 1846 to 1874, when it was torn down and the school was relocated to Park Avenue.
The original design of the Caldwell Street house did not include the wrap-around porch. The porch was added sometime between 1877 and 1910. The house retains the original stained glass windows, pocket doors, plaster moldings and carved woodwork as well as the carriage house at the rear of the property.