CATEGORY: Monroe County




By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

AMORY – Sunlight takes on a multicolored hue as it comes through the stained-glass windows and panels in Amory’s Evans House.

The stained glass was added during one of many renovations to the home that was built in 1901. One of the original stained-glass windows is located at the top of the white, two-story house located on Sixth Avenue.

Kim Oliver and her husband, Jim, along with their three children – Sarah, Lauren and Selby, – currently live in the nine-room home. Oliver said they bought the home about four years ago and have made minor changes like painting.

Other owners have also added their own touches.

Ray Minga, who sold Evans House to the Olivers, said he lived in the home for about six years and in that time made some renovations, such as adding stained-glass panels to doors and windows. “I received a great deal of pleasure with it (renovating the home),” Minga said. One window that Minga enhanced has a center panel that contains hearts and diamond-shape patterns.

The home has been renovated at other times during the last 95 years. Bob Evans, whose family purchased the home from the original owner in the 1950s, said the home was being renovated when his parents, R.A. and Anna Mae Evans, bought it.

According to Evans, the home was built in 1901 by Ed Sides, who hired contractor J.M. Clay of Amory for the construction. According to an account from 1906 in the Amory Advertiser, Clay was the first man to build a dwelling in Amory in 1887. The article, supplied by the Amory Municipal Library, noted that Clay also built such structures as the Amory Opera House. Clay also lived in the Evans House for a time.

A picture of the home about five years after it was built appears with the article. During this time, there was a porch on the second floor, a white picket fence and a small oak tree in a corner of the yard. Today, the second-story porch is gone and the small oak is now a towering tree providing shade to the yard.

Evans said Sides had the home built for use as a rental property.

Oliver said original to the home is the wainscoting found in several rooms and the hallways. The downstairs consists of four rooms – a dining room that doubles as a classroom for Oliver, who home schools her children; a study; a kitchen; and a living room. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and a small sewing room.

The home features original mantles over fireplaces in several rooms.

“We bought the home because it has a lot of character to it,” Oliver said. The original twisting door bell can still be found by the front door. The original door knobs also remain. Oliver said the knobs are great until the house gets cold and they fall off.

Under a window is a heavy brass ring to assist residents who lived on the second floor in their escape in case of fire. Over each door and window is a molding that contains bullseyes. In the study is a wooden Victorian cornice above the window containing a fan-shaped design in the center and spindles on each end.

In warmer weather Oliver likes to put out ferns and flowers on the wide porch that curves around from the front of the house.

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