Koester Museum's marble steps at entrances repaired and restored

Seneca brick mason Ben McKinley works on a step project on the east side of the Koester House Museum in downtown Marysville. Charles F. Koester had marble steps installed in 1883 to provide entry to his yard, which was surrounded by a high wall to keep floodwaters at bay. Story on page 5. Photo by Sarah Kessinger

Marble steps that were installed at the entrances to the downtown Marysville home of Charles F. and Sylvia Koester in 1883 were repaired and restored last week.

The steps provide entry to the 5-foot-high brick wall built by Koester to prevent a recurrence of flooding that previously washed out his gardens and threatened his home.