Ohio Historical Society vows to fix damaged greenhouse

The Ohio Historical Society is looking for contractors with a specialized skill — the ability to restore old greenhouses.
Tom Jackson
Nov 1, 2012

The state agency put out its “Help Wanted” sign after a falling tree in an Oct. 14 windstorm smashed the historic greenhouse at the Eletheuros Cooke House, a mansion-museum dating from 1844, at 1415 Columbus Ave. in Sandusky.

Cooke, 1787-1864, was Sandusky’s first attorney and was a member of Congress. He was the father of Civil War financier Jay Cooke.

Sandusky’s Old House Guild runs the museum on behalf of the Ohio Historical Society. The guild has about 75 paid members and works to preserve old houses and buildings in the city.

At about 10 a.m. Oct. 14, a large maple tree split in half and part of it smashed into the greenhouse, which dates from the 1950s or 1960s.

The Old House Guild is relying on the Ohio Historical Society to fix the greenhouse, said Bettyann Guss, secretary of the group.

The guild uses the heated greenhouse to preserve flowers during the winter. After the incident, “some of them were salvaged and some weren’t,” she said.

The Ohio Historical Society has money available to fix the greenhouse and hopes to get at least three contractors to submit bids for the work, said Jane Mason, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Historical Society.

Interested contractors can contact Karen Hassel, of the Ohio Historical Society, at 614-297-2652 or khassel@ohiohistory.org.