Some of the most innovative architectural work in Louisville is being done with renovations, especially in older neighborhoods where land prices are at a premium and construction costs are high.
This year’s annual home tour, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects’ Central Kentucky Chapter, will feature full-scale renovation projects by seven local architects and designers. The projects are spread out among seven different neighborhoods — Bonnycastle, Glenview, Ten Broeck, Deer Park, Butchertown, Phoenix Hill and South of Broadway, or SoBro — and they range from old shotguns to historic mansions.
The home tour will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. The architects and designers will be on hand at each home to discuss the owners’ requests and the architectural design solutions.
Tickets are available for purchase online, as well as at each of the seven homes on the day of the tour, for $15 per person. Proceeds from all ticket sales will go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.
Here’s the list and a sneak peek at each house:
The Glenview house at 3613 Glenview Ave.
The house was originally designed in 1940 by Louise Leland, Kentucky’s first female architect, as well as landscape architect Anne Bruce Haldeman. The two women had started the firm Haldeman and Leland in 1934.
The house, also called “Puye,” was once featured in Better Homes and Gardens. It’s a 6,100-square-foot, three-bedroom, seven-bathroom home celebrated for its original ground-hugging charm and the linearity of form, all of which architects Carrie Wahl, Henry Potter and Eileen Van Hoose from the firm Potter and Associates have maintained.
Paying homage to Leland’s original design, the architects restored the original woodwork of the study. Wahl said the home — finished in Venetian plaster — “looks as if it has been there forever.”
The exterior brick matches the original house as well, and the landscaping has been showcased with the gardens, blue stone and brick terraces.
Mary Webb landscaped the house. Ron Wolz of Bittner’s was the interior designer, and the contractor was Paul Mattingly of Congleton-Hacker Constructors.
815 S. Sixth St.
The shotgun house on the southern edge of downtown, often called SoBro, was in extreme disrepair.
“The building required new floor structure and footings throughout,” said architect Nathan Smith, “as well as new structure and leveling for the two-story ‘camelback’ portion of the house.”
The building is now mixed-use, including an architect’s office, living spaces and a meeting/gallery space. A new 200-square-foot addition to the rear of the building clad in corrugated metal panels expanded the studio space and shields the site from the open surface lots to the north.
The shotgun now is a sleek modern take on the traditional shotgun house.
1205, 1207 and 1209 E. Broadway
In a dramatic mix of old and new, architects Charles Cash and Eric Whitmore of Urban 1 restored five 19th-century shotgun houses that are adjacent to the new Edwards Co. apartment complex going up at Baxter and Broadway. Three of the shotguns, 1205, 1207 and 1209 E. Broadway, will be open for the tour.
“The scale and proportion of these original shotgun houses, when revitalized, provide ‘tangible reminders of solidly built, attractive, late 19th-century” housing, said Cash, citing a section of the “Encyclopedia of Louisville.”
“They remain one of our most viable and adaptable local house types,” he added.
In November 2016, all five houses were donated to Vital Sites, a nonprofit revolving fund seeking to promote sustainable patterns of growth by targeting investment in vacant, undervalued and endangered historic properties.
The architects said, “this project can hopefully serve as a model of how developers and nonprofits can work cooperatively to ensure preservation of similar undervalued and at-risk historic structures.”
2304 Alta Ave.
Architect Anne Del Prince will show off a first-floor remodel of the existing Bonnycastle house, plus additions to the rear of the house and a screened porch.
“The kitchen was small; the existing open rear porch was too small and uncomfortable; the laundry needed to be moved up to the first floor, and a half bath was added to the first floor,” Del Prince explained. “The exterior cladding of the house and all the windows were replaced as well.”
3600 Ten Broeck Way
The 4,400-square-foot residence is a five-bedroom, four-bath house with a guesthouse and two-car carport sitting on more than 12 acres.
“There are two kitchens in the house, both with the original appliances,” said Casey Kuffner of idesign. “We did a complete remodel, taking the house down to the studs, leaving only the stone on the façade and the interior. The main level was redesigned to include a master suite, kitchen and dining and living rooms. The lower level has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, an office and kitchen.”
Kuffner said all the mechanical, electrical and plumbing was completely redone.
The carport was enclosed as a gym, with a new laundry room with direct access from inside the house. A new unattached carport and a one-car garage were added.
“In addition,” Kuffner said, “we added an in-ground pool and hot tub with terraced patio. An existing lower terrace was also replaced and includes a new exterior fireplace.”
The Johnson house at 1936 Deer Park Ave.
Certain aspects of the historic home weren’t working for the owners who created a garden in the side yard and spend a lot of time outdoors.
“The kitchen, which was cut off from the rest of the house, and the dining room, which had doors and steep steps to the yard, weren’t working for them,” architect Mary Herd Jackson.
The interior renovation removed most of the wall between the kitchen and dining room. A new kitchen was installed, and a mudroom, laundry area, pantry and wet bar were added to the new square footage.
“A stronger connection to the yard was accomplished with two doors and a large three-part window facing the rear,” Herd Jackson said. “Easy access for grilling was a high priority. Plus, the outdoor room is a favorite spot for family and entertaining.”
835 Franklin St.
In the flourishing Butchertown neighborhood, architect Christopher Eldridge, along with Mitchell Kersting of WORK Architecture+Design, renovated and modernized a period home. The house had been under construction until recently, and details were scarce, but everything is now ready for the tour.