Restoration / Revitalization of an Historic Eastlake Victorian Estate ...Amy and Brad Zehr
We purchased the 208 Chemung street property in Waverly, NY on March 17, 2010. We named it "Zehr Estate" and it is presently under revitalization and restoration. The property includes the former outbuilding at 208 1/2 Chemung street and the former carriage house at 9 Athens street. Almost seven years later, on January 17, 2017, we purchased the home and lot at 7 Athens street, rejoining the original Samuel Wickham Slaughter and Charlotte Wells Slaughter's property.
Back in 1945, the original estate was sold and turned into an apartment complex and five years later, in 1950, the then empty lot at 7 Athens street was sold off and the current home at 7 Athens street was built.
We are fortunate to have all the property back together.
As we continue the restoration, our plans also change. We have returned the estate to a one family estate, Zehr Estate.
In 2010, we thought that maybe someday, it would be nice to host special events on a small scale. We love the property and the historical and architectural design. We do not want to compromise the original design of the home in order to offer special events, so it will depend on the village of Waverly and New York State codes at the time. All we know now as we are in the restoration phase, keeping all as original as possible, that we have many more years of restoration ahead of us.
Brad was born and raised on the edge of the Adirondack's in Lowvile, NY. He grew up on a dairy farm. Brad worked for a carpentry crew during his school years and also had a great uncle who taught him fine woodworking skills. We met during our college years at Alfred, NY. Brad built our home in Athens, PA where we raised our two children. In the past, Brad has worked as a research lab technician for the Guthrie Foundation of Research in Sayre, PA, as an analytical chemist at Osram Sylvania in Towanda, PA, marketing at Guthrie in Sayre, PA and as a Circuit Librarian for the Guthrie. He is currently working at Granite Works in Waverly, NY and is also self-employed, zehr.net, website related services. I, Amy, was employed in the past as a registered nurse on a medical/sugical floor of the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA and also a Charge Nurse for the Sayre House, in Sayre, PA. I chose to be a "stay at home Mom" and also to homeschool our children. I continue to keep my nursing license updated. I enjoy spending time on the restoration of our property and researching its history. We both love the amazing architecture and history of the property!
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