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Division Street home with worldly decor

Story and photos by Laura Freeman Published: June 12, 2017 5:47 PM
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Visitors will enjoy a historical home on Division Street decorated with art from around the world.

The home at 83 Division Street has a Hudson Heritage marker with the name Lydia L. Finch, 1889 on it, but owner Judy Maupin knew little about the original occupant except the land and house cost $700.

A couple of interesting people have lived at the home. Dr. Mary Anderson was one of the first female doctors in the Western Reserve area. She graduated from medical school in 1896 and was listed in the Who's who in America in 1935. She was a suffragette and worked for the federal government in World War I.

Also the late John Morse of Morse Controls lived in the home when he was young.

Maupin was able to share some of the historic home secrets such as the front room annex had originally been the porch. When they worked on the room, the tags on the windows indicated they were bought locally in the early 1900s.

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Windows play an important role in the small home, opening the space and providing natural light.

"I like all the windows and the archways," Maupin said. "It was an open floor concept before that was popular."

In addition the outdoor cellar entrance was brought inside and the staircase reversed, she said.

Visitors will enter by the front door but the open plan allows them to see through the dining room windows and into the gardens in the rear of the property.

They will notice the use of color in rugs and curtains. Maupin said her grandmother enjoyed and decorated with color as well.

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Maupin, who added all of the gardens, said when she dug in the dirt at the back of the property, she would find medical bottles, which she donated to the Hudson library. In addition she found lead soldiers, an Indian head penny and lots of cinders from where previous owners burned trash.

"You never know what you're going to unearth," Maupin said. "I find it interesting."

The dining room has original plaster walls and although the window seat is old, it was not original. The third window was added at one time, Maupin said.

The family room with the fireplace may have been a bedroom originally, Maupin said.

"Everyone has taken care of the house who has lived here," she said. Maupin, a retired social studies teacher, has a bucket list of all the places she taught about and plans to visit. She travels with her sister each year. The most recent was a 16-day trip to Morocco in North Africa. She has been to India, Africa, South America and many of the Native American reservations. She has an Apache burden basket from Arizona which has metal tipped straps to scare away animals while the women collected berries in the containers. She has purchased different baskets from different groups, and they are on display on a high shelf in the fireplace room.

"I'm drawn to these things, and they fit well in this old house." Maupin said.

She purchased items from each visit and used many of them in her classes. Those she didn't give to students, are on display throughout the house. From Benin, West Africa, visitors will see recycled materials used for art like the plumber (her husband's occupation) on the fireplace.

"They made repurposed art before it was popular," Maupin said.

Other repurposed artwork is from the Detroit Institute of Art and uses buttons and a measuring tape to create a figure walking a dog, also on the fireplace.

"Wherever I go, I look for art," Maupin said. "I see similarities in art in different parts of the world."

Visitors will be able to view the collection from her international travels.

"I've never been any place I didn't like," Maupin said. "I have a lot of experiences."

In the backyard, the original garage was moved and added onto. The Maupins built a summer house, which overlooks the gardens, on the cement slab left from the old garage. The upper edge of the interior above the screen walls was painted by David Weirtz in 1992.

The shade garden had to be converted to a spring garden after a large Maple tree died and sunlight filled the yard. Maupin said she gave away many of her hostas, but others remain among a variety of plants.

"The garden has something blooming all season," Maupin said.

The plants include foxtail, catmint, Asiatic lilies, Solomon's seal, elderberry, peonies and astilbe.

Among the plants, visitors will see glass artwork from Kitras Art Glass in Ontario and wooden birds or pottery from Detroit as well as a limestone mask from Mexico and fossils from the Sahara Desert.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com Phone: 330-541-9434 Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

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