The stately Tudor home in the Fairmount
Historic District was originally owned by Kelly of
Peterson's Nut Company. Construction and foundation work for this finely appointed
residence began in 1914, with a completion date of 1916. The current owners
take great pride in the splendor of the carved linen folds in their handcrafted
mahogany mantle, a striking plaster ceiling in the dining room, walnut paneling,
and spectacular tiger maple wood in one of the six bedrooms. The beauty of
oak flooring in the home and the pine flooring in the servants' quarters adds
to the richness and explains the duration of the construction and thoughtful
architectural design of Shupe and White.
Large leaded glass windows invite
sunlight into the spacious home and provide multiple views of the well
manicured flowering landscape. A backyard pond, home to dozens of frogs and
goldfish, is a surprise along the garden path on this 1.1 acre site.
While servants lived on the third
floor, they enjoyed modern conveniences as they attended to the occupants,
managed the cleaning and graciously prepared the home for entertaining.
Amenities include a dumb waiter to deliver meals from floor to floor, a central
vacuum system with the original motor in the basement, a pass-through between
the kitchen and the butler's pantry and a firewood cupboard that discreetly
stores wood for use in the library. The exquisite details and openness of this
elegant abode is further enhanced by a featured fireplace in eight of the
charming rooms. Clearly, the architects wished to assure safety for the
residents, as each floor has a firehose.
The renovated kitchen with two
islands and complementary wood cabinets provide balance and space, all of which
add to the hospitable feeling. Guests and cooks can socialize and prepare
gastronomic pleasures and use the dedicated radiators, which serve as plate
warmers to assure the proper meal temperature.
The home is
appointed with rich detailing from hand-tooled doorknobs and plates to handmade
brass light fixtures and sconces. Leaded glass French doors add elegance and
privacy to the living and dining rooms. Note the poles above the doors, which
once held lush velvet drapes that assured privacy and helped retain warmth
within each room.
The Celadon ceramic tile roof, once made in Lexington,
Ohio, and three decorative chimneys, engage
the viewer with the fine architecture. Front and back facades of the red brick
home are esthetic, integrating the home and landscape.
The dormered coach house with
stable doors, put into motion with automatic garage doors, is nestled in the
backyard and situated at a comfortable distance from the porch and the deck.