Tiillinghast-Willys-Bell Mansion - Original & Updates

2210 Robinwood Avenue
The Old West End - Toledo, Ohio 43620
9 Bedrooms - 5.5 Baths - Total Living Space 8,381 square feet

This is the 2nd time I posted about this Mansion - on March 23, 2015
[Please click the Link above to see the Update]


Thanks for joining me for this Tour of this gorgeous Mansion.  I originally posted about this English Tudor Mansion a few years ago and then again last fall (October 2014).  It was taken off the market before the Holidays last year and then re-listed in January, 2015.  If you missed the October 2014 post you'll want to check it out Here...it has additional photos and information.


This Mansion has 9 bedrooms, a formal dining room finished in chestnut, a large butler’s pantry, and a third-story ballroom. The  most striking feature is the entryway off Bancroft Street. The foyer has beautiful, tiger-striped quarter-sawn oak from floor to ceiling. Intricate hand-carved details top large columns and decorate the beams overhead. Light filters in through three large stained glass windows above the landing on the wide stairway.



    • This English Tudor mansion was built in 1901 for Alvin B. Tillinghast, a licorice tycoon and patron of the arts. Despite his apparent wealth, Mr. Tillinghast went bankrupt building the house and turned it back over to the construction company. The construction company in turn traded the house for 12 Pope-Toledo cars produced by one of Toledo's great automotive industrialists, John North Willys, who founded Willys-Overland. If you are not familiar with the Willys-Overland name—think Jeep! The foyer of the Willys-Tillinghast home boasts a gold-leafed ceiling with a beautiful quarter sawn oak staircase leading to the second floor with a stunning leaded glass window . The massive mahogany living room contains the largest of the many gas fireplaces in the home and features a rounded seating mahogany seating area in the turret. 
    • The spectacular dining room features ornately chestnut woodwork, fireplace, beamed ceiling and elaborate sideboard topped with leaded glass windows. The library features the original wainscoting built in bookcases. The office has oak wainscoting, beams and quarter sawn columns. 
    • The original terrazzo floor kitchen has been completely remodeled with all new cabinets which are designed to match the existing cabinets in the cook's and butler's pantry. This level also has two sunrooms with ceramic tile floors and a half bath. 
    • On the second floor, the master suite features a fireplace, dressing room, two closets and private bath. In addition, there are four bedrooms, three baths plus two massive linen closets. The third floor has four bedrooms and one bath and central air. 
    • The original ballroom was converted in 1938 into a chapel for the Oblate Fathers who lived in the home at that time.


 












FACTS
Lot: 0.51 acres
Single Family
Built in 1901
Cooling: Central
Last sold: Oct 2011 for $289,800
Price/sqft: $36
MLS #: 5085079

FEATURES
Attic
Cable Ready
Ceiling Fan
Fenced Yard
Fireplace
Mother-in-Law
Parking: Garage - Detached, 3 spaces, 580 sqft
Patio

APPLIANCES INCLUDED
Dishwasher
Range / Oven
Refrigerator

CONSTRUCTION
Exterior material: Brick
Room count: 13
Stories: 3
Structure type: Tudor
Unit count: 1

OTHER
Floor size: 8,381 sqft
Heating: Gas
Last remodel year: 1901
Lot width: 80
Parcel #: 1207434

 I orginally posted about this lovely mansion in September 2014.  Here is the latest UPDATE:  The Old West End’s Tillinghast-Willys-Bell house has found a new owner. The Gothic-inspired Tudor home, 2210 Robinwood Ave. at Bancroft Street, was purchased by the Mishler family, who were looking to escape the quiet suburbs.  THE TOLEDO BLADE


The area was once full of the city’s most prominent families, and many of their lavish homes remain. The Gothic-inspired Tudor at 2210 Robinwood Ave. is widely recognized as one of the best.
“It’s just stunning,” Matt Mishler said. “It does need a little attention here and there, but we’re ready and excited to do it.”
Mr. Mishler and his wife, Laura, closed on the home Tuesday.  For the Mishlers, purchasing the historic mansion fulfills a long dream.  “We’ve wanted an old home,” Mrs. Mishler said. “When we bought our current house 15 years ago, we couldn't find anything that fit our family’s needs.”  The couple has four children, two of whom are now in college.
The Mishlers ended up settling in a nice house on a quiet street in Lambertville. The home served them well for the last 15 years, but Mr. Mishler said they were ready for a change.  “We were a little bored, I think, being your standard suburbanites,” he said.
Commissioned in 1901 by a man who made his sizable fortune in the licorice business, the house on Robinwood has an interesting history. After the original owner moved out, none other than John North Willys moved in. The automotive pioneer lived in the home for a number of years before selling to an investment banker.There’s nothing standard about their new home.
More owners have come and gone over the last 70-plus years, but the Tillinghast-Willys-Bell home still carries the names of its first three occupants.
Like many Old West End properties, the home has a somewhat eclectic mix of architectural styles. One of the most striking features, though, is the liberal use of quartersawn oak. The first floor and stairway are awash in the rich wood.  “To open that huge leaded glass door and walk into that grand staircase, it’s beautiful,” Mrs. Mishler said.  The home retains many original items, including bathroom fixtures and a large pedestal sink. Real estate agents who work in the Old West End have said it’s one of the most original homes in the neighborhood.  It’s also huge. It has eight bedrooms and more than 8,000 square feet of usable space.
Jon Modene, owner of Re/​Max Masters in Perrysburg, was the agent who sold the home. He said it was a complex house and a complex negotiation, but he’d never seen a more determined buyer.  Event after event made it a really complex sale, but it was a journey of love for the Mishlers, and they got their house and they’re happy,” Mr. Modene said. “They’re going to restore it to its glory.”
The home was originally listed at $299,000. Property records show it sold for $270,000.
The Mishlers are excited to be closer to downtown Toledo and to be a part of the Old West End neighborhood.  “We believe a lot in Toledo. Toledo’s been very good to us, and we’re perfectly comfortable moving down there,” said Mr. Mishler, who works in sales for a local company. “We know lots of people there who are friends, and they love it.”
Contact Tyrel Linkhorn at tlinkhorn@theblade.com

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...ORIGINAL POST...

Thanks for joining me for Home Tour Monday. There was an article about this beautiful Mansion in the Toledo Blade Newspaper.  The house has 9 bedrooms, a formal dining room finished in chestnut, a large butler’s pantry, and a third-story ballroom. The  most striking feature is the entryway off Bancroft Street.  The foyer has beautiful, tiger-striped quarter-sawn oak from floor to ceiling. Intricate hand-carved details top large columns and decorate the beams overhead. Light filters in through three large stained glass windows above the landing on the wide stairway.

 Tillinghast Willys Bell Mansion

Located at:
 2210 Robinwood Avenue Toledo, Wisconsin
It is located in the Old West End of Toledo, Ohio

9 bed - 5 bath
8,381 square feet
Single-Family Home
$299,900 Listing Price
Listing # 5078272
    This English Tudor mansion was built in 1901 for Alvin B. Tillinghast, a licorice tycoon and patron of the arts. Despite his apparent wealth, Mr. Tillinghast went bankrupt building the house and turned it back over to the construction company. The construction company in turn traded the house for 12 Pope-Toledo cars produced by one of Toledo's great automotive industrialists, John North Willys, who founded Willys-Overland.  The foyer of the Murray-Willys home boasts a gold-leafed ceiling with a beautiful staircase leading to the second floor. The massive living room contains the largest of the many gas fireplaces in the home. The spectacular dining room features ornately carved mahogany woodwork and the original, hand-carved chandelier. The library features the original wainscoting and a fresh air ventilating system. The kitchen has been completely remodeled with all new cabinets, which are designed to match the existing cabinets in the cook's and butler's pantry. Through persistence and careful attention to detail, Michael and Ellen Murray have restored this Old West End landmark to its original elegance.

New Photos of the Empty Mansion by:























All of the Original Photos With Furniture


 All of the original Woodwork!!




The hearth surrounding the fireplace in the empty living room is made of tiles from Rookwood Ceramics. The house, built in 1901 for businessman Alvin B. Tillinghast, is regarded as the best home in the Old West End for its commanding presence and historical accuracy.


Living Room Furnished and with Beautiful Hardwood Floors and Columns


Gorgeous Windows


Beautiful Sun Room


 Butler's Pantry!


Beautiful Staircase and Stained Glass Windows


Beautiful Third Floor Ballroom




This is a Single-Family Home located at 2210 Robinwood Avenue, Toledo OH. The residence has 9 beds, 5 1/2 baths, and approximately 8,381 square feet. The property has a lot size of 0.51 acres and was built in 1901. 

Public Records for 2210 Robinwood Ave

Presenting the Tillinghast-Willys Mansion. Amzaing 3-story stone/half-timbered Tudor. Historic keystone home in the Old West End. Grand mahogony-trimmed foyer opens to huge living room with beautiful hardwood floor. Library and sunroom with leaded glass. Huge formal dining room with carved fireplace. Terazzo floors in kitchen. Huge master suite. 3rd floor ballroom and servants quarters.
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I hope you enjoyed this tour.  

What did you see that you really liked about this house.  And, was there anything in particular about the house that would make you pass it by? 
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