highlights unusual stops
in Crestwood, Pewee Valley
to show off home designed by architect Fuller
Helen E. McKinney
(November 2007) Dana and Kevin Parker have
the distinction of living in a home designed by Southern Living
architect Stephen Fuller. The couples home is just one of three
unique houses on this years Crestwood Civic Clubs annual
Holiday Home Tour.
home is among those
featured on this years Holiday Home
Tour in Crestwood. Houses were
chosen mainly because of their
proximity to one another.
The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 and features
several stops in Crestwood and Pewee Valley. Proceeds benefit the clubs
student scholarship program, said Linda Patton, publicity chair.
Lunch will be served at the Clubhouse at 7215 Kavanaugh Rd. in Crestwood
with two seating times, 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Maps will be available
for anyone wishing to take the tour.
Built in 1995, the Parkers have lived in the home since 2003. In a neighborhood
where most homes are brick, the Parkers white vinyl sided house
really stands out.
Dana Parker is originally from Birmingham, Ala., and said this home
is very warm and inviting. It reminds me of home. Its southern.
An inviting front porch beckons visitors inside. I always wanted
a porch, she said, and this house has three. The back
porch opens up onto a pool area, where Kevin has added his own touch
by installing two waterfalls.
Kevin, originally from south Florida, has also built a wrought-iron
fence and landscaped the property. Dana is a member of the Louisville
Cardinal Garden Club and has put her expertise to use by planting many
perennials around the grounds.
Each room is tastefully decorated, spreading a comfortable atmosphere
throughout the home. The home is very pretty at Christmas-time,
said Parker. She decorates with a lot of greenery, adding red touches
that make it striking against a backdrop of white vinyl.
Homes chosen were in close proximity to one another, Patton explained..
They are homes we were aware of. We asked the homeowners if they
would be willing to be on the tour.
The second home on the tour is that of Janice and Bob Bell in Pewee
Valley. This simple wooden framed house was built more than 100 years
ago. The Parkers have renovated, enlarged and modernized the home, while
trying to keep the charm and original character, said Janice Bell.
The Bells purchased their turn-of-the-century home in 1988 and began
renovations soon after. The six-bedroom home has been altered to meet
their 21st century lifestyle demands.
The couple also added a family room, and in doing so, turned a
two-story farmhouse into a three-story livable home, said Bell.
Her favorite spot in the home is the new master bedroom suit, where
windows surround two sides of the room and overlook the extensively
The home is a perfect spot for summer entertaining, with its sunny porches
and swimming pool. A large, screened-in porch overlooks a koi pond,
which provides a tranquil spot for reading and reflecting. There are
hundreds of Koi fish in the pond, said Bell. This home was on the Crestwood
Civic Clubs Annual Garden Tour several years ago.
The Bells are both from Jefferson County, where they had renovated their
previous home near Ballard High School. When Janice Bell first saw the
home her husband, a real estate agent, had listed, she said she was
captivated. They ended up buying the home for themselves
and moving to Oldham County.
Renada Henson owns the final home on the tour. Originally built in 1870
by Orville Truman, a wholesale dry goods businessman in Louisville,
the Pewee Valley home is a 2 1/2 story Victorian style house.
The property had several owners until the William S. Richard family
bought it in 1941. They removed a wrap around front porch and replaced
it with a neoclassical porch with terrazzo flooring and steps. A rathskeller
(speakeasy) was installed under the porch and in part of
an existing basement.
In 1993, the home was sold to the Henson Development Co., owned by Renada
Hensons family. One year later, architectural artist Sonny Whittle
designed and oversaw an extensive renovation project. Included in the
plans was the addition of a rear wing on each side of the house and
a carriage house.
Tickets for the home tour can be purchased
by calling Ann Murner at (502) 241-5971. Ticket prices are $15 and $17.
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