The Stables, a historic building at 2317 13th St. NW in Canton, did not draw the minimum bid of $222,666.
It seems no one wanted to take a gamble on the impressive stone stables-in-the-round once home to the Timken family horses.
At a county sheriff’s sale Monday morning, not one bidder gave the nod, offering the minimum $222,666.66 required by mortgage holder PNC Bank.
Haney “Mike” Potroos, the restaurateur who has owned the landmark facility at 2327 13th St. NW since 2001, could not be reached for comment.
Prior to the sheriff’s sale, Potroos had been trying to find a buyer for the place which, in 1992, was remodeled into a sports bar most recently called the Stables Hall of Fame Grille.
Joe Engel, executive director of The Canton Preservation Society, has deep concerns for the future of the stables built between 1916 and 1918.
“This is an important structure to this community,” Engel said. “The way the structure is deteriorating, even the stone, it needed tuck-pointed. And the longer it sets without heat, the worse it’s going to get.”
With its proximity to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Engel hopes it can be reincarnated as a tourist stop, whether it be a museum, retail space or an upscale restaurant.
The possibility of losing it through neglect is dispiriting, said M.J. Albacete, executive director at the Canton Museum of Art.
“It is historically pretty relevant. It’s an example of one of only a few round stables in the U.S. Very rare. And this one is unique in that it has those four castle turrets,” Albacete said.
At the time Henry H. Timken commissioned the local Melbourne Brothers Construction Co. to build the stable, his vision for it was to replicate the maison des chevaux he has seen in the French chateau countryside.
The open interior space, Albacete said, provided a place for horses to exercise in inclement weather.
“The big failing is not to have brought the building up to its former beauty, to make all the repairs necessary and to make the grounds more attractive,” he added. “It could be quite a showplace but it will take a great deal of money.”
PNC’s attorney Robert B. Trattner declined to comment but forwarded request for comment to PNC’s corporate communications department. PNC’s spokesman also declined comment.
Of the four 26-foot diameter turrets on the former Timken stable at 2327 13th St. NW, one was occupied by the caretaker and his wife. The others stored hay and grain.
A few dairy cows also called the stable home. There was a harness room, a dairy and a seed storage room.
The deep slate roof was underpinned by 14-inch-thick brick walls.