Grand Pacific Junction

Historic Shopping District
An Historic Restoration Project by Clint Williams Realty  

Heritage Days - August 6th - 9th



"The Doll House"
This is one of the best-preserved Greek Revival cottages in historic downtown Olmsted Falls. It originally belonged to William TeGrotenhuis. There are no records of a previous owner and/or his family. Gerrit TeGrotenhuis came from the Netherlands in 1881 with his family of five. He made wooden shoes in a shed behind the house, and also made baskets from willow trees by Plum Creek. The house had no central heat or plumbing until 1943. It had just four rooms and a quarry stone basement with a dirt floor. Ironically, the name TeGrotenhuis means "big house" in Dutch.