The Glenns

In 1941, Mr. and Mrs. John Glenn purchased the house and 6.62 acres from the Home Loan Corporation. The Glenns moved the kitchen upstairs to the northeast room (where it is today) and converted the basement to a shop selling southern crafts like woven rag runs, splint baskets, hearth brooms, hooked rugs and mats and hand thrown pottery. John Glenn was from Virginia; his wife was from Texas. They called the shop the “Virginia House.” Later, they expanded to early American reproduction furniture and accessories.

According to Eleanor Bogert, Mr. Glenn said he wanted to retire on the proceeds he would receive by selling the property as commercial front footage so he had it subdivided. Mr. Glenn left only a 200 foot frontage with the house but retained a 150 foot lot for sale to the south after selling the rest to speculators; building was booming after the war. The house may have been somewhat in disrepair. According to Eleanor Bogert, the Glenns put up wallpaper on all the ceilings and walls. She mused that they did this to hold the plaster up.

Transcribed from HMR Architects Martin Berry House Preservation Plan.