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What exactly is the history behind 636 Mohawk Street? Find out below!

Date: ca. 1866

Alteration Date: 1972

Style: Italianate vernacular

Foundation Material: Limestone

Wall construction: brick bearing

Roof type and material: hipped slate material

Exterior Wall Material: Brick Running Bond

Important Interior and Exterior Features: There is very nice detailing on this building. Most of the architecture seems original. The lintels are all very ornate. Nice gas lamp outside.

History and Significance: The land this house stands on was originally owned by a notorious land developer in the 1860s-Mr. John Rader. In fact, Rader owned most of the land at the time that ran among Mohawk street. In 1866, Rader sold this lot along with the lot that makes up 634 Mohawk street. Together as one large lot (lot 17). George Trautner originally took over the land-before George Schwartz, a timekeeper in Columbus took over the rights to the land.

Description of Environment and Outbuildings: The house is a typical Italianate vernacular home found in German Village. There are no outhouses-the front sides are secured by an iron gate.

In the slide show above, you can see the photo of the 1891 Sanborn map outline of 636 Mohawk in German Village.

Derek Ungless

Learn more about 636 Mohawk Street’s owner, Derek Ungless!

It’s a breath of modernist, California air in German Village.

Inside the Italianate vernacular exterior of Derek Ungless’ 1860s-built home is an ultra-modern interior accented by minimalist décor. And if the looks alone aren’t striking enough, hidden features (mostly to save space) will really wow you.

Since buying the house in late 2014, Derek took his ideas for what he thought would one day be a dream home in California and brought them to life here – with the help of local architect Bill Hugus. That included a complete gutting, an approximately 100-square-foot addition at the back of the first floor (highlighted by a wall of windows) and a redesign of the outside space — including a beautiful weeping beech tree that was already on the property. The process took almost two years.

The slick kitchen is from German designer Bulthaup. Downstairs, the walls are white. Upstairs, the walls are black (including the ceilings) – “Pitch Black” from Farrow & Ball. Storage space is hidden in custom build-outs on either side of the front windows.

The real showstopper is a large panel on the kitchen wall that looks like a fridge door but actually opens to a hallway to the bathroom and the basement. A faux (rubber) brick sticks ever so slightly out of the wall and serves as an almost-invisible doorstop. No detail went unnoticed (or without customizing).

“There’s always a little unexpected kind of something,” Derek says of his home-design style, adding that he wouldn’t mind doing it again sometime.

In the meantime, he’s settling into his space and enjoying the neighborhood he came to love while he was living in New Albany. This summer, he’s playing host to his daughter, Sophie, while she’s on break from school in California. The two especially love walking to The Sycamore or  Harvest for a bite to eat and Fox in the Snow or Stauf’s for a coffee break.

Visit his blog for a detailed documentation of every step in the process (starting from the finished project and advancing backward):