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530 West Church Street
This house was built in 1910 for the daughter of I.D. Booth, Mabel Booth Diven, and her husband, Alexander S. Diven. I.D. Booth was a prominent Elmiran and owned and operated I.D. Booth Plumbing Company for many years. Alexander S. Diven, a lawyer with the firm Diven & Diven, was the son of the famous General Alexander Diven. He graduated from Yale in 1894, and attained a law degree from Cornell in 1898. He was the solicitor of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Chairman of the Arnot-Ogden Hospital Board, and a one point president of the Board of Education. His brother, Eugene Diven, built the original mansion at the other end of the block at 500 W. Church Street, where a modern octagonal building now stands.
When we purchased this property in 2014, it had most recently served as a doctor's office as well as living space. We created two spacious side-by-side multi-story units, all while showcasing the building's incredibly unique Victorian-Craftsman style. The front unit features a large porch, a spacious and picturesque living/room kitchen combo complete with leaded and stained glass, fireplace, and bay window, as well as two spacious bedrooms up the grand staircase with unique built-in features. The rear unit features a massive kitchen with breakfast nook and a beautiful living room in what was the home's original dining room. The upstairs consists of two spacious bedrooms, built-in storage, a roomy den, and a sprawling, open space on the third floor for use as storage, office, or even a home gym. Other features of this one of a kind home are its hardwood floors, French-doors, beautiful woodwork, brand new bathrooms, designer kitchens with stainless steel appliances and custom cherry cabinetry . Additional amenities and utilities at this building include central climate control, laundry in each unit, off-street parking, water, sewer, and trash collection.
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