Crestwood Civic Club Home Tour

Longtime Civic Club Home Tour returns

Annual event to benefit charity

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (November 2003) – When the Crestwood Civic Club began in 1914, female members did not have the right to vote. Although a lot has changed in the last 90 years, one thing has remained the same: members who wanted to express themselves as civic minded have sought ways to give back to the community.

David & Loren Osborne home

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David & Loren Osborne's home.

One way they have done so is to sponsor their annual Crestwood Civic Club Home Tour and Tea. This event funds renewable scholarships, from which the club donates $1,000 a year to a student throughout his four years of college.
The home tour will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Nov. 21, with a luncheon at 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. at the Civic Club on 7215 Kavanaugh Rd. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door.
A member for 22 years, Anne Murner described the club as a benevolent organization she joined as a “way to get to know people in the community.”
The holiday home tour provides a great opportunity to do so. The tour began 13 years ago with many historic homes on its roster and has since branched out to include other houses of interest, said Murner. Many times members would participate in the home tour, opening the doors of their homes in an effort to raise funds.
This year’s tour begins with the Carlton Ridge Home, located at 3003 S. Hwy. 1694 in Crestwood. Host Carlton Ridge will tour guests through her 200-year-old primitive frame farmhouse. It is believed to have been erected by the Adam Snyder family, which owned hundred of acres in this area.
Ridge began the renovation process in 2000. With the aid of consulting architect Tim Winters, she transformed the home into her idea of an English cottage. The roof is composed of many layers of rolled asphalt, making it as much like an English thatched roof as possible.
Ridge, well known for her jewelry designs, will showcase her artistic side on this tour as well. Her home will be adorned with Thanksgiving arrangements she has created and are for sale.
Initially, only two homes were to be included on this tour. A third was added when the Apple Patch Community joined the roster because it “fit in geographically,” said Murner.
Joe Spoelker is head of Marketing and Development for the Apple Patch Community and spoke Oct. 10 to the Civic Club. Members thought that since this facility would be passed on the way to the second home in Prospect, it should be included on the tour. The Apple Patch Community provides adults with mild and moderate mental disabilities the opportunity to develop in a secure and inclusive community.
Spoelker first checked with the Apple Patch Community’s residents and said they were excited at this prospect of interacting with the public. He said inclusion on this tour would enable “people to learn a little more about it.”
Visitors will be able to see where these individuals live and the many donations that have contributed to furnishing the residence, located at 7408 Hwy. 329. Donated amenities include hardwood floors from Phillip Morris, a mural by Jenny Atty Gelles, and stained glass for the front doors from a board member’s husband. The dining room table is a former conference table from Brown and Williamson Co.
There are many unique features to this facility, beginning with its Shaker-design exterior, said Spoelker. Volunteers from North East Christian and South East Christian Churches are refinishing the downstairs, providing more space for recreational and training opportunities for the residents.
The Deerfield Farm, located at 11400 Hwy. 329 in Prospect, is owned by Loren and David Osborne. The circa 1800 dwelling began as a four-room home, originally located on Factory Lane near Anchorage.
Owners Charlie and Carol Hebel moved it to their 400-acre farm on Covered Bridge Road in 1985. They dissembled and reconstructed a primitive log cabin on the same location.
Present owner David Osborne said that when he married his wife in 1997 the couple bought the home and 90 acres from his in-laws. The Osbornes have spent three years renovating and adding on to it, said Osborne.
The couple has also added another log cabin to the property’s existing log cabin. Sitting behind the main house, it serves as a guesthouse. The Osbornes enlisted the advise of architect Mark Doumas and the expertise of interior designer Ben Small of Bittners.
The home now contains nine rooms and 6,000 square feet. Civic Club member and friend of the family, Carla Jones, asked the Osbornes to include their home on this tour. Osborne said the couple agreed because it was fun and also “flattering to do. We’ve spent a lot of time working on it.”

For more information, contact Murner at (502) 241-5971.



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