The house at 26 Garret St. was destroyed in a fire in 2010. Property owner Burgess Gow, a South Park resident, restored it for sale.
Photo: Courtesy of Burgess Gow
Photo: Courtesy of Burgess Gow

South Park home goes from burned out wreck to charming ‘new house’

The legacy of a South Park home constructed in 1900 did not end when it was gutted by fire in August 2010.

Burgess Gow came in with some elbow grease and TLC.

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“I love old homes. They are made of lumber that you just can’t buy anymore,” the owner of Gow Properties said.

“There was not much left when I started putting it back together.”

The house at 26 Garret St. was destroyed in a fire in 2010. Property owner Burgess Gow, a South Park resident, restored it for sale.
Photo: Courtesy of Burgess Gow

An open house was held for 26 Garret St. over the weekend, and Gow on Monday said he expected an offer soon. 

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Gow, who along with his wife, Jeanine Gow, owns eight properties including their own residence in the historic Dayton neighborhood, applied for the property through the city of Dayton’s Lot Links.

The house at 26 Garret St. was destroyed in a fire in 2010. Property owner Burgess Gow, a South Park resident, restored it for sale.
Photo: Courtesy of Burgess Gow

The program uses the state provision for Real Estate Acquisition Process, (REAP), to take titles for tax delinquent abandoned properties.

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The house at 26 Garret St. was destroyed in a fire in 2010. Property owner Burgess Gow, a South Park resident, restored it for sale.
Photo: Courtesy of Burgess Gow

Gow installed roof tresses and a roof in 2017.

Some of the house’s burned wood was recycled into furniture and vanities.

The 816-square-foot house’s original trim and gables were used for custom-built detailing to the exterior.

The remainder of the house was rehabbed between March and September. 

The house at 26 Garret St. was destroyed in a fire in 2010. Property owner Burgess Gow, a South Park resident, restored it for sale.
Photo: Courtesy of Burgess Gow

An open house was held for the house Sunday. 

The house listed at $139,900 through Kamela and Company Realty includes vaulted ceilings, skylights, pocket doors, large windows, custom built-ins and European appliances.

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It includes a private backyard, full cellar basement and two off-alley parking spaces.

“It is basically a new house,” Gow said. 

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