Italianate styling from the mid 1890s can be seen in this 3 story brick Victorian home on Millionaire's Row in Historic Old Louisville. Restoration and renovation over the last 14 years have touch most every surface returning it to a stunning single family home with incredible period features and accents. The front porch has iron side rails and a ceramic floor and opens to double oak front doors with beveled glass inserts. The leaded glass transom above the front door mimics the 3 small rectangular windows over the modified bay windows and the original window seat. The grand foyer boasts an original gas electric light fixture recovered from the neighborhood. Koi fish on the double mantel oak fireplace are examples of the period.The curving 3 story staircase begins with newel posts with antique bronze lamps, has a landing with stained glass windows and a similar window on the next landing. Throughout this home you will find refinished woodwork of quarter sawn oak, cherry, birds eye maple and old pine on the floors, mantels and doors. Lush finishes from old times and refurbished and relocated in recent times, Pocket doors establish the front parlor, the fining room, foyer and halls. The rear staircase landings create spaces for gathering, accenting and multiple to access to the bar room, powder room, basement, outside and kitchen suite. The cherry kitchen boasts cabinetry to the ceilings, a granite topped eat at island with gas 6 burner + grill cook top & warming oven, under counter
refrigerator and freezer drawers, dishwasher, ice maker. Accompanying the kitchen is the baking room with loads of cabinetry and two multi-function ovens. These areas are complete with heated ceramic floors for that toasty feel on cool days. Adjoining the kitchen is the family room containing a fireplace
and it can be used as a large breakfast room. The 2nd floor contains the master suite with dressing room, deluxe Victorian styled bath (heated floors). These rooms total the front of the mansion. The middle bedroom has a fireplace mantel and shares a
recent jack & Jill bath with the rear bedroom. The bath has a furniture vanity and ceramic shower with glass wall and door. The large game/family room will hold most oversized furniture and game tables and has 4 recent stained glass windows. Just off this room is the 2nd story covered porch overlooking the elaborately landscaped rear yard and carriage house? This floor has two heating cooling systems for your comfortable and easy control.
The 3rd floor can be another suite with sitting room, equipped kitchen with laundry, bedroom, full bath and dressing room/office. Each of these rooms is exquisitely finished with great natural light. This floor has its own heating cooling system. These rooms can be bedrooms, offices or multiple uses. The home has a full basement with several storage or workshop rooms, two water heaters with
circulating pump, laundry and an outside entrance. The landscaping both front and rear has elaborate plantings, hardscape and a pond with flowing 4' fountain which is great in the winter when it makes an ice sculpture. Tiered rear porch overlooks lush landscaping. The 2 story frame carriage house is a 2.5 car garage on the first floor and a one bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor. Central air and heat plus a local water heater and equipped kitchen delight for guests, friends, an office or potential tenants. are all the comforts of home from yesteryear and today located between the Speed Museum/University of Louisville campus and downtown on Millionaire's Row in Historic Old Louisville have a front row seat to the St. James Court Art Show, Derby Festival Races and gracious period lighting and wide treed street ready for all the comforts of city living. Thanks for reviewing the tastefully restored home of Benjamin Strauss, a prominent drug goods magnate in the late 1890s.
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