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This old house is new again in Mill Creek Park neighborhood - The Vindicator

For Anthony Appugliese, having stepped inside of a 19th century historic home likely felt as much like a reunion as a one-time showing. 

“The last time I was in this house, I was 9 and selling candy bars for school,” Appugliese, 59, of Poland, fondly recalled.

Sweetening things a bit for him was an open house Wednesday at the residence next to Mill Creek Park at 900 Old Furnace Road, which underwent several months of extensive renovations and upgrades.

Hosting the 90-minute gathering was the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., which partnered with the park and the city of Youngstown.

A steady flow of foot traffic visited the two-story Victorian home that was placed on the market Tuesday. The asking price is $250,000.

Accompanying Appugliese was his mother, Renate, who, with her husband, Andrew, have lived across the street from the historic home since 1971. Anthony Appugliese recalled that the house had been renovated in the 1980s, and that a large room and double-car garage were added. Before that, the garage was down the hill in the park, he remembered.

“They put a lot of money into it, possibly $60,000,” Appugliese said.

Tiffany Sokol, YNDC’s housing director, noted that Robert and Isabelle Hamilton built the home between 1860 and 1874 before the park bought it around 1890. It had been used as a YMCA clubhouse as well as the Mill Creek Park superintendent’s residence for many years. After that, the home sat vacant for nearly 20 years, she explained.

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