: Taken by photographer Ihna Thayer Frary in 1921, this photograph shows the front stairway at the Headley Inn, located on the National Road four miles west of Zanesville, Ohio. The Headley Inn was originally built in 1802, and enlarged in 1833, composed mainly of dressed stone. The stairway pictured here features a floral decoration on the risers, stringers, and baseboards which continues in two of the upstairs rooms. Inns were important stops on the Old National Road as travelers and their horses needed a place to eat and rest overnight before continuing their journeys. Although many inns have since been re-purposed as hotels or demolished, the Headley Inn was restored and much of its original interior preserved. This image was published in Frary's book "Early Homes of Ohio."
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1873, Ihna Thayer Frary was a prominent American art and architecture scholar, whose primary interest was the architectural heritage of the region of northeastern Ohio known as the Western Reserve. In addition to serving as publicity and membership secretary of the Cleveland Museum of Art, he was a professor of Ohio and American architecture at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Western Reserve University’s School of Architecture. Over the course of his career, Frary was a design consultant for private clients and designed furniture, and was an active member of several prominent arts councils in the Cleveland area. In 1963, Frary and his two sons donated his entire photographic collection to the Ohio Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection). The Inha Thayer Frary Collection consists of 4,000 5 x 7 photographs of private residences, churches, taverns, and public buildings, as well as select rural buildings, bridges, archaeological sites, and public monuments. View on Ohio Memory.
: P_112_B54A_1258_01 Subjects
: Frary, I. T. (Ihna Thayer); Taverns (Inns); Domestic architecture; Interior decoration; Photography--Ohio; Staircases Places
: Zanesville (Ohio); Muskingum County (Ohio)