The original funeral home in Middletown was built as a residence. The structure has cross beams of hand hewn solid oak beams. The walls are solid brick with a thickness of 8-10 inches.
The home was built for the Strickler family of Middletown and designed with 5 oaks fireplaces lit by natural gas with light fixures the same in all rooms. The staircase is 14 foot to the second floor with quarter-sawed oak carving and ornamental spindels. The fire places have original marble with beveled glass.
The home was directly across the street from the elegant Welsh Hotel in Middletown, which was a hub of activity during the 1920's and 30's.
During this time period, the home was known for housing residents such as the famous movie starlet, Claudette Colbert.