Henry W. Bristol was a local builder with a shop behind the Main Street stores; it is quite probable that he built this house for himself. He came to Hudson in 1845, his first home being on South Main Street. His obituary, written in 1891, says that he moved into his new home on College Street in 1889.
The upright and wing house is typical of this area at that time, and the wraparound porch which once covered the north and west sides was probably original. The decorative details are very simple, and most have been preserved.
Grace Goulder Izant, who began her career in journalism in 1914 as the society editor for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, lived in this house with her husband Robert Izant and their children from 1924 until 1934. She received the Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature in 1965 at the age of 72 and was the author of several books, including her last, published after her death in 1984 entitled “Hudson’s Heritage: A Chronicle of the Founding and Flowering of the Village of Hudson, Ohio.”