Historic Dayton mansion severely damaged by fire
A historic mansion on Dayton’s northwest side that was just days away from an auction was severely damaged after a fire over the weekend.
Dayton firefighters fought the flames at the Louis Traxler Mansion on Yale Avenue for nine hours. The property is likely a total loss, the city says.
The Traxler Mansion was on Preservation Dayton’s list of most endangered properties.
The home was scheduled for a foreclosure auction and sheriff’s sale on May 4. Preservation Dayton says a buyer was ready to acquire the property and invest in it.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the home has been broken into in the past.
The house was built in 1912 and purchased by mercantile businessman Louis Traxler, who moved to the Dayton area from Austria in 1899.
Preservation Dayton says it was designed by Harvey Hiestand, the founder of Miami University’s College of Architecture.
It was later purchased by David Pickrell in 1929 who owned a plumbing business and was president of the North Dayton Savings Bank. The house was divided into apartments in World War II.