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T h e V e r m i l l i o n I n s t i t u t e

Steven McQuillin & Associates, Building Preservation Consultants

Sheldon Jackson Hall at Vermillion Institute (Hayesville, Ohio)

The Sheldon Jackson Hall at the Vermillion Institute is a perfect venue for organizations or businesses seeking a comfortable and distinctive meeting / conference space. Named after Presbyterian minister, missionary and political leader, Sheldon Jackson, and set in the heart of village of Hayesville, this former schoolhouse, built in 1846, boasts five newly renovated levels located on the grounds of a beautifully landscaped property. The majestic structure is also crowned with a cupola that offers an impressive 360-degree panoramic view of surrounding Ashland County.


Historically the chapel, the ground floor meeting hall has been renovated into a spacious conference room available for organizations and businesses, social meetings and other private and public events. Accommodations include 60" circular conference tables and comfortable sturdy cushioned chairs for approximately 50 people. For standing room only events, the room can accommodate up to 150 people. An attached kitchen, preparation space, storage and refrigerator are also available as well as a stage for speaking engagements and presentations. A finely landscaped outdoor patio and indoor garden room adds to the beauty and flexibility of the space.

As mentioned earlier, the meeting hall is located on the ground floor and is handicapped accessible with a spacious ADA compliant unisex lavatory. Parking for up to ten vehicles is available onsite, and supplementary parking is accessible across the street. For an added cost catering is provided for luncheon or dinner meetings. In addition, the Vermillion Institute is pleased to offer overnight accommodations with three furnished suites. Additional accommodations, an indoor market, pizza shop, gas station and movie house are all available within a short drive from The Sheldon Jackson Hall and the Vermillion Institute.


For rental rates, please complete the form on the "Contact Us" page. Please note if you are a non-profit organization, you may be eligible for special pricing.  

Kelley Hardware and Odd Fellows Hall, 7 E. Main Street (Hayesville, Ohio)

Formerly the Kelley Hardware Store, this 1882 Italianate style brick commercial building is in the process of being transformed into three spacious loft style apartments. It boasts 14-foot ceilings and grand original trim and other fine handcrafted details. These newly renovated units will feature central air conditioning along with private laundry areas on the premises. Private parking will be provided in the rear of the building, with on-street and across the street guest parking.


It is truly a great time in Hayesville, with several historic building restorations taking place nearby. A beautiful indoor market sits diagonally across the street which serves crafted sandwiches and features fresh fruits, vegetables and Amish goods plus an indoor dining and patio space. Immediately adjacent from Kelley Hardware is the restored Hayesville Opera House that shows first-run movies on weekends at bargain rates. And directly across the street is the town's pizza shop which also serves beer and has a beautiful outdoor entertainment space.


These up and coming apartments would be a perfect fit for senior students at nearby Ashland University, young professionals exploring a commercial endeavor, and people who enjoy the unique openness of a space that combines historic preservation with the latest in loft style living. 

First Floor Storefront Suite (660 square feet) - With 14 foot ceilings and large grand display windows flanked by 8-foot doors, the first floor storefront suite will surely be a show stopper. The unit will boast an open kitchen floor plan and be completely equipped with all the kitchen amenities of today The suite also includes a master bedroom with a large closet. The tall living room could double as a work space for an artist or business executive, and the original hardware store shelves are being carefully preserved to provide ample display space for curiosities and other fine objects and books. Above the space will be a large lofted area, and below a finished basement complete with a private laundry area and access to rear parking, making this an unusually large and flexible unit.


First Floor Rear Suite (660 square feet) - Tall south-facing windows and exposed brick will make the first floor rear suite a visually interesting and inviting space. This lofted unit will have a private south side facing balcony and access to a spacious basement and private laundry area.


Second Floor Suite (1,320 square feet) - Have you ever entertained the idea of living in a piece of history? The former Odd Fellows Hall will be transformed into a spacious two-bedroom unit complete with private bathrooms and generous walk-in closets. The center piece of the apartment will be its 10-foot-tall windows and built-in wood shutters as well as both private indoor and outdoor balconies.


Rental rates will be finalized upon completion (latter part of 2018). The suites are expected to be in the range of $550.00 to $1,250.00 per month, based on the size of the space and the number of occupants. Those interested are encouraged to complete the form on the "Contact Us" page. 

Hedrick House, 159 N. Walnut Street (Mansfield, Ohio)

The granting of recent historic status combined with its retail renaissance makes Downtown Mansfield an exciting epicenter of shops, antique stores, coffee shops, restaurants, and visitor attractions such as the famous Richland Carrousel Park, Mansfield Memorial Museum, and the "Shawshank" Movie Trail Driving Tour.


At the northwest end of this district stands the imposing rare Civil War era Early Gothic Revival style brick Hedrick House. Acquired by Steven McQuillin in 2017 plans are in the works to transform the house into two suites, each with central air conditioning, private laundry areas and secured parking, plus beautiful landscaping and private outdoor spaces.


Built in 1860 by Judge Moses R. Dickey and his wife Margaret, and less than a decade later sold to A.G. Hedrick, the house at Fifth Street and Walnut Street is a survivor as described in the September 2017 online publication "Landmarks of Mansfield: Fifth And Walnut." Despite having sat vacant for five decades, the house has incredible original woodwork, grand multi-paned arched and gothic windows, and tall ceilings throughout. Plus a wonderful brick exterior with unique bargeboard trim on its gable ends. It is a highly recognized and treasured Mansfield landmark, a short walk from the bustling North Main area, and a few short blocks from the county courthouse and city hall.

Main Suite (1,350 square feet) - The main suite will boast a large front terrace and a spacious dining area and fully-equipped kitchen, along with a master bedroom all on its first floor. The carefully preserved grand curving staircase will lead up to a dramatic living room featuring a vaulted ceiling, skylight and balcony. Two large bedrooms will also be on the second floor, each with vaulted ceilings and a shared bathroom.


Rear Suite (700 square feet) - A one bedroom lofted space will feature three levels - a main, a loft and a basement along with a private outdoor terrace. This quaint space will be perfect for one person who enjoys a space with lots of character and peace and quiet.


Rental rates will be finalized upon completion (latter part of 2018). The suites are expected to be in the range of $550.00 to $1,250.00 per month, based on the size of the space and the number of occupants. Those interested are encouraged to complete the form on the "Contact Us" page. 

Cape Hatteras Oceanfront Rental House (Avon, North Carolina)

If you have never been to Cape Hatteras, dubbed as America's first national seashore, you are missing one of the nation's greatest beaches. It has the perfect coastline and is relatively uncrowded, even at the high summer tourist season. This area not only boasts national surfing and fishing championships, with the legendary Cape Point, but it also is a national center for sail boarding and kite-sailing.


It has a long rental season from April - November and can be made available during the winter season upon request. Many historic places are nearby, including the grand striped 1870 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the nations' tallest and most iconic lighthouse.


Mare Vista, the name of the rental house, has seven bedrooms, including four suites with king beds and private living rooms, two suites with queen beds and a shared private living space along with a 5th level loft bedroom, perfect as an escape. It has a game room with a pool table, a luxurious 7-person hot tub and, best of all, a private concrete infinity-edge pool, unique on Hatteras Island. Book early, as prime weeks typically reserve a year in advance.

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