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Wallingford Victorian Inn open house
When: July 17 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: 245 N. Main St., Wallingford
WALLINGFORD — After eight months of research and remodeling, the Wallingford Victorian Inn is open and the owners are holding an open house next week to give the public an opportunity to see what the house was like during the Victorian age.
The house, also known as the Charles Tibbits House at 245 N. Main St., was purchased by Karl and Sharlene Kieslich in Oct. 2013. It underwent a number of restorations and now offers five luxury suites, with private baths, furnished with period furniture. It opened July 2.
“We’ve been looking at the property for almost three years,” Karl Kieslich said. “We did a lot of research and put it back to its original (look).”
The Queen Anne-style home was built in 1891 by Gordon W. Hall as a wedding present for his daughter, Georgianna, who had married Charles Tibbits. Hall was the founder of Simpson, Hall, Miller and Co., a silver manufacturer.
The house was sold in 1961 to a doctor, who converted some of the rooms for treating patients. Since the 1990s, the house has served as a bed and breakfast.
In 2010, the house was mostly gray. The Victorian Inn is now gray and yellow paneling and maroon trimming.
Karl and Sharlene Kieslich used their research to restore each room, including wallpapering and moldings.
“Everything was handmade or hand-carved. It took a lot of time to restore it to its original condition,” he said. “You’re definitely stepping back in time.”
Jerry Farrell Jr., president of the Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust, has watched the restoration from the outside and is looking forward to viewing the interior.
“They’re doing a very nice authentic job,” he said. The open house is scheduled for Thursday, July 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
“It’s in response to the constant request,” Karl Kieslich said. “As people walk by or drive by, they’re asking to see the house and what we’ve done to it. We’re opening it up to everybody that’s interested in looking at the house.”
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