When neighbors surveyed the near eastside Cottage Home Neighborhood in 1984, the house at 1106 E. Ninth Street was abandoned with the back door standing wide open. Despite the overgrown yard, extended lack of maintenance, and invasion of critters, the house had architectural charm and was unusual because it was one of only two brick dwellings in the neighborhood. Some neighbors thought the place was not worth saving, but it was structurally sound and fortunately buyers came forward to restore the home.