Gage House in Painesville adds patio, tables to outdoor space | Lake County

Group seating is available now with multiple picnic-style benches at the Gage House’s new outdoor patio, 47 South State St.

Painesville’s historic Gage House held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 26 to celebrate recent renovations.

Originally built in 1858, the house’s exterior has been enhanced with a new patio area that features a stone block floor and group seating. The site’s garden and yard also saw cosmetic improvements.

The renovations and enhancements were made possible through a $25,000 grant courtesy of Main Street America.

Downtown Painesville Organization Executive Director David Polakowski noted the Gage House was one of only six grant recipients across the country. He said that they were awarded the grant because their intended use of the funds — creating an outdoor environment that would cater to and further the businesses and culture of the area — was most in line with the Made on Main Street vision.

Gage House is co-owned by Shannon Barnhill and her father Joe Crusse. Both also own and operate Fairport Rentals. The pair is excited that the outdoor patio will allow a place to not only do business but enjoy lunch outside and socialize.

“We’ve been focusing on a lot of general improvements as of late,” Barnhill said. “We’ve replaced all the doors, stained, painted. We’re working on finishing the lower level. The garden and the paving project was a huge undertaking.

“We’ve focused on bringing the building back to life and getting it full for occupancies for commercial space and then renting the first floor for events.”

The Gage House has kept a consistent occupancy but currently has two units open after a client relocated. Barnhill hinted toward a photographer moving into a first floor space in a short time. This would be in addition to Blask Media.

“We cater to a lot of different businesses, especially the first floor which is included in everyone’s rent so they’re able to use that for conferences or meetings,” she said. “We’re open to pretty much everybody.”

Barnhill talked about the outdoor patio and why its creation was fundamental to their vision for Gage House.

Group seating is available now with multiple picnic-style benches at the Gage House’s new outdoor patio, 47 South State St.

“We have picnic tables now,” she said. “We really wanted to make it a community space so that people were able to come over and use it whenever they want. On this side of town there’s not a lot of public spaces for employees to have lunch or eat outside and enjoy the outdoors. That was our main idea, to make this more of a public space.”

Painesville Economic Development Director Cathy Bieterman expressed the city’s appreciation for the improvements.

“It’s absolutely incredible to see this space out here amongst the historic building,” she said. “I want to give credit to the property owners for really going above and beyond to make this space a real gathering place for the community.”

A representative from Congressman David Joyce’s office was also on hand to present a congratulatory proclamation during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Before Barnhill officially cut the ribbon she thanked everyone who contributed to the patio and garden area for their time and efforts.

For information about Gage House, 47 South State St., Painesville, visit or call 440-669-6736.

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Post time: Oct-22-2019