Rossford Residential Community Celebrates 100 Years
By Chris Watson
When the stately, elegant and historic Eagle Point Colony in Rossford was platted 100 years ago, included in the original design was an iron gate with gatehouse, private parks, tennis courts, primary school, country club, full boating access to the Maumee River, canoe and boat houses, a bath house, and even its own cemetery. Not all of those planned elements materialized, but the cemetery and the iconic stone entry that held the original iron gate did. This innovative concept of the planned community, Eagle Point, now sits on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Stepping From Exclusive to Community
Marlene Uhler, a 32 year resident and co-chair of The Eagle Point Colony Centennial Committee recalls, “It was my husband’s idea to move here. He was a Rossford boy and this was the place to be. Eagle Point Colony still had the reputation of being very exclusive, remote, even elite. I admit that I was a bit intimidated.”
That exclusivity has passed and the iron gates removed, allowing public access.
An Area Who’s Who
Eagle Point Colony, originally landscaped and designed by William Pitkin from New York, has many of the original homes designed by prolific Toledo architect George Rheinfrank. The neighborhood has a wide variety of home architecture includes Georgian, Dutch Colonial, Tudor, English Cottage, and French Eclectic.
Looking to the Future
Like all stately neighborhoods, survival is an issue. “We want to perk interest in long term residency,” says Uhler. “These houses are beautiful but there is a cost to living here. Given the age of those homes, upkeep, modernization and maintenance is an issue. Younger people are beginning to move in and rehab these amazing homes.”