The most recent restoration projects include the repair of crumbling portions of the wrap-around porch and recreating and repairing plaster walls and several large decorative medallions on the ceiling. Soon, the 16 stone porch balusters will be repaired or replaced.
By next summer, Barnett said she and her husband plan to move from Baltimore and into the mansion while the interior is completed. That will include the painstaking job of restoring the well-worn parquet floors.
Barnett said they are about two years away of realizing the plan of opening the Sorg as a bed and breakfast.
“But it could be sooner,” she said, noting they visit Middletown often to meet with contractors and see the progress.
The mansion has received $212,500 in tax credits from the Ohio Development Services Agency, and the total project to renovate the South Main Street property is estimated at nearly $1.32 million.
Prior to the Barnett’s purchase, the mansion has been home to dance and photo studios, a construction company and low-income apartments over the years.