From 1876 until 1995, generations of the Brenner family owned this home, farming the land until the housing development came about in the 1950s. The original north portion of the house dates from 1876; then a second home, sharing a common wall to the south, was built in 1910. There were no openings within the house connecting the two until the current owners renovated after their 1996 purchase.
The owners have been working on the home for 19 years, putting in tons of sweat equity. The 1910 portion was renovated first, combining the husband’s carpentry skills and the wife’s keen eye for decorating. The goal was to keep the history, but make the home sustainable and livable. The husband trimmed out the interior and exterior, and board-by-board replaced all the clapboard with redwood siding, and refinishing all the 1910 floors. Barnstone walls and a bluestone patio were created outside the French doors to the rear of the home, and a lovely fenced garden was added to the front. A backyard patio and koi pond with waterfall was the last major addition to the property.
In 2012, the Bishops opened their home as the Whimsical Pig Bed and Breakfast. Akron Live featured the home as one of the “5 Must Visit Bed and Breakfasts in the 330 Area.” Located across the street from The Winery at Wolf Creek, the bed and breakfast is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation, a ‘staycation’ weekend, or a night away to relax and renew.
Century Homes Association Authentication Committee officially awarded them with a Preservation Commendation. Additionally, the committee has nominated the home for the Architectural Heritage Awards, a bi-annual event co-sponsored by the Summit County Historical Society and the Progress Through Preservation of Greater Akron.