The OES visited the Rohr Road Brice House on March 16, 2002. We decided to check out the house after noticing a for-sale sign for the home and surrounding property. The area was experiencing a large growth in industrial development, and we were concerned the home would be lost to the bulldozer like so many others. From the appearance of the house, it may have dated to the mid- to late 1800s. The nearby greenhouse owned the property, and we were asked to leave shortly after our arrival. The workers did not understand what we wished to do—take photos to preserve the memory of the house before it was lost for good. We were able to take some external photos of the home. From the outside, the house seemed to be in good shape, but we were told by the workers that the inside had been vandalized.
We hoped to eventually convince the owners to allow us inside to document the property. Sadly, the home was destroyed by an arsonist’s fire on the night of July 23, 2005. This is the very reason we do what we do: to create a record of abandoned and historic places before they are gone. This old home is yet another that time will forget, but at least a part of it will live on this website. Thanks to Mike Long for the update.
Location Information: Destroyed [Arson]
The Rohr Road Brick House was located in the 1400 block of Rohr Road in Hamilton Township; Franklin County.