Ryan and Dawn Mobley are married and have 5 kids. Ryan works for Habitat for Humanity and Dawn is a stay at home mom. They were interested in Enos Park because of the vision the in wanting to restore the neighborhood and also because of the discounted house and the history. They also really enjoy the community throughout Enos Park.
History of the house
The house is Victorian style early 1900’s. It is around 3,000 square feet and has 3 floors and a basement.
What they’ve done…
Ryan and Dawn are doing the renovating themselves and also hiring electricians and other people to help out with the process. They said the biggest challenge is staying on budget.
1) Giant Sliding Door- this door separates the living room from the spare room. But by opening this door it connects the two rooms.
2) Fireplace- older style fireplace, shows the historical presence in the house. Its located in the dining room off the kitchen.
3) Staircase- classic, wrap around staircase with 40 total steps from bottom to top floor.
Ryan and Dawn are very happy with the house and excited to finish the renovations. Expected finish- Summer 2013!!
Tuesday, June 5, 5:30 pm
Hosted in conjunction with the Sangamon County Historical Society
Before Edwards Place was Edwards Place it was Houghan’s House, where prominent local physician Thomas Houghan lived with his wife and stepson from 1833-1843. But Thomas Houghan was concealing a scandalous secret… one that would erupt in the 1860s, affecting the lives of dozens of Springfield’s most prominent citizens. New research at the National Archives in Chicago has turned up intriguing twists and turns in this lurid tale. Attend this talk in the SAA Gallery to find out more about this salacious story of early Springfield!
The Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association will hold its Membership meeting this Tuesday, January 10th, 5:30 p.m. at the Art Association, 704 North 4th Street. Ericka Holst, Curator of Collections and Historian for Edwards Place, will reveal a scandalous secret…one that erupted in the 1860s, affecting the lives of dozens of Springfield’s most prominent citizens.
Before Edwards Place was Edwards Place it was Houghan’s House, where prominent local physician Thomas Houghan lived with his wife and stepson from 1833-1843. But Thomas Houghan was concealing a previous marriage and abandoned wife. When he sold all his properties, including his home to Benjamin Edwards, his first wife still had rights to 1/3rd of all his possessions. After his death she came to collect!
It is ironic that today, almost 170 years later, as the Enos Park Development LLC is acquiring property as part of its land banking efforts for the Enos Park Master Plan, we are confronted by property with multiple liens and lost owners. We have pointed to Edwards Place as the beacon for Enos Park’s historic past and now we find we are living with the same problems Benjamin Edwards and his family encountered during Springfield’s earliest days.
Come join us to find out how the story ends and how Enos Park is moving forward with its revitalization program.
Following the presentation, Paula Zink, Housing inspector, and Ryan Irwin, Neighborhood Police Office will bring the membership up to date on a major drug bust and efforts to eliminate a number of serious code violations. Refreshments will be served.
Important: We have changed the time and location for this meeting to 5:30 p.m. at the Art Association