How would you like to step inside the former residence of one of Dayton's most successful entrepreneurs/philanthropists of the early 20th century?
In this installment of our ongoing series The Buildings of Dayton, we share the story of the former residence of Adam Schantz, Jr. (1867-1921), located at 202 E. Schantz Ave. in Oakwood.
Adam Schantz, Jr. inherited the Riverside Brewery from his father, a German immigrant and one of Dayton's captains of industry, Adam Schantz, Sr. (1839-1903).
Schantz, Jr. became executor of the Schantz Estate shortly after his father's death. He spearheaded a six brewery merger out of growing prohibition fears on March 1, 1904 called the Dayton Breweries Company.
Schantz, Jr. built the Dayton Arcade's ten-story Commercial Building on the northeast corner of 4th and Ludlow Streets in 1908.
The Schantz Estate's offices were located on the seventh floor of the building.
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He was also on the relief committee during the aftermath of the Great Flood of 1913 and was president of Citizens Lighting Company which later became the Dayton Power & Light Company (DP&L). After the merger, his role changed to vice-president of DP&L.
Here are 5 things to know about this historic home:
Built in 1912, the original home of Adam Schantz, Jr. was designed in the Germanic Tudor style by architect Louis Lott. A detached garage (formerly carriage house) was built in 1911 with architecture matching the features of the house. Lott also designed the Schantz Park gate that faces out to Oakwood Ave.
2. FAMOUS LANDSCAPERS
The home sits on grounds designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the same landscape architecture design firm responsible for the creation of Central Park in New York City and Carillon Historical Park's 65 acre campus. A reflective pool was formerly present on the grounds of the residence.
The home and grounds were the showpiece of Oakwood's Schantz Park neighborhood. Though living in Dayton View atthe time, Adam Schantz, Sr. purchased 108 acres of land in1880 which is now Oakwood. Schantz, Sr. knew that he would not live to see Schantz Park become the most exclusive residential neighborhood inthe Dayton area but entrusted his son make his vision a reality.
The home and grounds are part of the Schantz Park Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 16, 1992. The district is bounded by Far Hills, Irving, Mahart and Schenck Aves.
5. THE PRESENT
According to Montgomery County property records, the Porcelli family purchased the residence in July 2014. Over the past ten years, extensive updates have been made to the home. You can now own a piece of Dayton's history. The property is currently listed for sale through realtor Colin Campbell with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Professional Realty for $699,900.