Just one block south of the Ramsdell Theatre you will find the beautiful Gothic-Style Victorian House built in 1872-73. Clark D. Gardner and a business partner bought two corner lots on the corner of Second and Maple streets and had two identical houses built.
Gardner sold his immediately. Over the next 10 -12 years, there were many owners who expanded and altered the house on Maple Street. In 1886 Mike Engelmann bought it and gave it to his daughter for a wedding present.
Gus Kitzinger and Sara Engelmann lived there for 10 years. Jacob Aarons, a successful merchant from Flint, Michigan, bought it in 1898 and lived there for several years. It later became the Robert Topping Residence until the early ‘70s.
After the Toppings moved out, the home switched hands a few more times. Robert Palmer and Suzanne Riley purchased the home in 1994. At the time of the purchase, no one had lived in the home for over 25 years. You’ll be amazed at the preservation and rehabilitation that has been done.