(35) 139 Center Street

139 Center"This is the Rifenburg home, the first house in Hobart to have central heating and a full bathroom. Dr. Richard Mackey owned the house after Rifenburg, and it is now cut into apartments and owned by Sothmans. The home has been featured as one of the Historic Homes of the Midwest in a series in the Chicago Tribune."

Images (links open in a new window):
♦ A couple interior views circa 1898.
♦ The house was probably occupied by the family of Dr. Richard and Ruth Mackey when the second photo in this post was taken.
♦ The trees almost hide the house, at right, in this undated image (I'm guessing, very roughly, circa 1915).
This post includes a photograph of Dr. Richard C. Mackey.
♦ An article from the Hobart Gazette of September 30, 1954, about the house and its various inhabitants.
♦ The building in the background of the photograph illustrating this post may be the "two story tile barn" referred to in the 1954 article linked above.
♦ An article from the Chicago Tribune of June 11, 1967, primarily concerning William Rifenburg.

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