Monday, October 27, 2008

Columbus Homes Tour

Recently, Bob & I went on the Columbus Homes Tour, which is put on every other year by the Bartholomew County Historical Society. This year they out did themselves & put on an excellent Tour. There were several homes that people had been just dying to see, so the crowds were large.

It was a warm, almost hot, beautiful autumn day & we both thoroughly enjoyed touring the homes. I go more to see the interiors, the decorating themes, and the gardens & grounds. Bob goes to look at the structures, to see how the homes were built, some many years ago, and to check out the designs. So we both go away having different views, and sometimes don't agree on which was our favorite.

We parked at Donner Center, waited in what was already a long line before 10:00 a.m., boarded the tour shuttle & headed out for a long day.
This home was built in 1967 for Wilma & Frederic Stadler, founder of Stadler Brothers Packing Company. The current owner is a sweet little lady, Edna Howe. She has filled the home with antiques & all sorts of collectibles. Bob did a little "eye bugging" at some of the statues, sculptures & art work scattered throughout the house. My favorite part was the center interior garden, & the 7 acre backyard with a gorgeous view!

Next stop was the Kinsey home, owned by Steve & Helen Kinsey since 1998. It featured traditional interior, also with a beautiful backyard view. Off of the stone patio & gardens was a putting green. This home is just off Washington Street, on Riverside Drive, & seems far away from the hustle & bustle of the city.

Previous owners were Jerry & Maxine Dunlap of Dunlap Construction.

The Tom Wethereald Home at 23rd & Washington Street is probably the cause of the huge success of the tour. How could you drive down Washington Street this past summer & not notice? The grounds are beautifully kept & this summer the window boxes & flower beds overflowed with bright pink Supertunias which caught our attention. For the tour, the window boxes were removed except for the lower level, & filled with fall leaves & pumpkins.

This home was completed in 1921 & owned by William Lincoln, proprietor of Orinoco Furniture Company. Later the Reeves family owned the home. A total of seven families have lived here in the last 87 years.

Next door & around the corner from the Wetheralds, lives the Schumakers, Hutch & Kevina. It is filled with Hoosier art works & antiques, including a grandfather clock that belonged to Hutch's grandfather. On the south end of the home is a greenhouse garden room that was purchased from an older home in Indianapolis & moved here, piece by piece.

This home was built in 1922 by Attorney Frank Richman & his wife Edith. It was the second residence built in Riverside Drive addition.

Next door to the Schumaker home is the "Smith-Pearson Home", built for Sudie Smith in 1929. She was the treasurer for Golden Foundry for 44 years, retiring when she was 84 years old! The house has had only basic work done to it & is almost as it was when it was built. Throughout the home are glass doorknobs, and beautiful glass pulls on the kitchen cabinets. The small kitchen features linoleum floors & a red linoleum counter top, probably original with the home. (The Schumaker's have purchased this home & are using it for a rental property. They hope to be able to keep the home in it's unrestored condition.) Fun to look at but I wouldn't want to live there!

That day, our tour guides stepped right out of the 1950's. Could it have been The Clevers?

In the side yard is a tree that has been studied by Purdue University. It is a Butternut, one of the only ones still existing in Indiana. Others have died from a blight, but for some reason, this tree has survived. It's huge!
The Lambert-Newson-Noblitt-Darlage House

As a young girl I was an avid reader of the "Grace Livingston Hill" books. I always imagined those stories taking place in a house much like this one. Sadly, the interior needs thousands of dollars of restoration work done to it. But it is still a beautiful, stately home, and I hate to see it just sitting there on Washington Street, wasting away. Thankfully, a new tile roof was installed in the last few years.

Construction began in 1910 & was completed in 1913 or 1914. It was designed for a prominent pioneer daughter, Lydia Newson Lambert. Later it was the residence of the Noblitts who founded Arvin Industries & is currently owned by Robert Darlage, a manager for Cummins. Mrs. Darlage had dreams of filling their home with antiques & art work after their overseas assignments. She spent 4 years stripping paint from the detailed hardwood trim in the home. Following her death, a son has continued on with the restoration work.

The exterior of the home is made of limestone, said to be 16 inches thick!

It's for sale! Maybe we should buy it for one of Grace Livingston Hill's heroine's house party's!

Just around the corner on 19th Street is the home of Don & Dody Harvey who have lived there since 1975. It was built sometime in the 1940's by an engineer at Reeves Pulley Company, Dale Rush.

The Dody's have several very interesting pieces of Orinoco Furniture, including the dining room table, chairs & buffet.

And look at what Bob found in the Dody's back yard! A 1933 "Radio Blue" Plymouth...that used to belong to Don Dody's parents.

Down the street from the Dody's is the home of Lloyd & Sue Kamo. Besides the Wetherald home, it was probably one of my favorites. Sue is an interior designer & works out of Chicago. The Kamo's have made several additions to the home & finished some remodeling.
The home was built around 1941 and is in the Highland Place Addition, backing up to the N0blitt Lagoons. Fortunately, the flood of this year did not reach the interior of their home.

The cover of the tour brochure featured the back deck & stairway from the Kamo's home. From there is a beautiful view of the lagoon.

We were finally finished with the "home" part of the tour & decided to go visit The Crump. Bob had never set foot in the building & I had only been there years ago with Jeff for a "Gold City Quartet" concert.

The place is a dump! Of course I did not grow up here and have no childhood memories of The Crump, so don't feel the necessity to see it restored. Other than for a historical reason, I cannot imagine spending another penny on the place. (Disclaimer...this is my own personal opinion!!!)

To finish our day, we made a stop at The Visitor's Center. Another place Bob had never set foot in! We walked around & looked at the displays & admired the Dale Chihuly glass art work, "Yellow Neon Chandelier". (I love the Chihuly glass art work. Google him & see what all he has created!)

The main structure, or the original home, was built during the Civil War by John Story. In 1970 it was remodeled to serve as a visitors & welcome center for Columbus.

By 3:40 when we had finished the tour, we were worn out! It was a great day & I'm looking forward to doing it again in 2 more years. You did a great job, Bartholomew Conty Historical Society!

The pumpkin patch display in the back of the Schumaker home on Riverside Drive


Karen Walden said...

I didn't know the Kinsey's home was on the tour! They are both Dr's at CRH!!! That's cool!

There were a lot of houses on those tours, no wonder you were worn out!!

In 2 years, we may have to go with you and push you and Dad around in a wheelchair! :)

Lady J said...

I wish I could have done the tour-just to get inside the Wetherald house the old Stadler place. I remember when Day used to mow the Stadler law and transport Mrs. S back and forth to Chicago when she would fly back and forth to Germany. She loved my Dad.

Jenny said...

I would have liked that! I love seeing other homes!

Sheila said...

I believe you 3 were enjoying a weiner roast with some rowdy Junior Church kids that day...or something like that! Karen--I didn't know they were doctors! :)

Janet...that is interesting that your Dad worked for the Stadler family.


Amy Shearer said...

I MUST go to this the next time!!! You got some great photos too (surprised they weren't confascated!!)

Angie Davis said...

I adore Chihuly glass! I didn't realize they had some in Columbus, or I'd have been down there to see that tour too.

Actually, I love those home tours. I'm fascinated by unique architecture, decorating and beautiful gardens.

Sheila said...


The Chihuly piece is in our Visitor's Center. And--they have a few small pieces for sale!!! You must take Gene there & go Christmas shopping. :)

Denise said...

Beautiful homes! You got some great photos. I absolutely love taking home tours too!!! (Especially if they are historical homes!)

Sheila said...

Denise...If you were wondering about Amy's comment--I was snapping away for several houses & didn't notice the "no photography" sign posted at each ticket table! :( No one even batted an eye or said anything to me about not taking pictures. It was so crowded it was hard to get good interior pictures. Some of these are actually from the tour website. Guess I should have given them credit!