Philip Sharer House
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Backstory and Context
The most prominent of the homes that used to sit along this stretch of N. Park Avenue was the Philip Sharer home with its second story projecting over the first in order to form a front porch. Born near Coblentz, Germany, Sharer was a cabinet maker who settled in Freedom (now Alliance) about 1841. In 1868, Philip's eldest son, John H. Sharer went into partnership with his father in opening a furniture business on the northwest corner of E. Main Street and N. Seneca Avenue. The business focus gradually shifted from furniture to undertaking over the years. The Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral home on South Union is now considered the oldest continuous business in the city. The Sharer house on N. Park Avenue was torn down in the mid-1980s.
Our History, Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home. Accessed August 17th 2020. https://www.sharerfuneralhome.com/who-we-are/history.