Sunday, October 21, 2012

Northeast Homes Tour Part 2

 Charles B. Leach Mansion/Garfield Heights
This High Victorian Queen Anne style home was built in 1887 for lumbar baron Charles B. Leach.  
The current owners, Michael G. Ohlson, Sr. and Kent T. Dicus, purchased the house in 2003.

 Harvey A. Brower Residence
Current owners, Cisse Spragins & Sean O'Toole
 This home is Italian Renaissance Revival which was popular throughout the United States in the early part of the last century.  It was built for retired umber man Harvey A. Brower who passed away before its completion in 1910.  His widow and two daughter-both married to doctors, moved in upon it's completion.
 Walls are three courses of bricks thick-14 inches.
 The current owners are very active in the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood and estimate that their restorative work is about 30% complete.  The home used to have a porch on the front... and plans are for that to be restored.

 The latest part of the house to be restored is the dining room, above and below.

 Entry hall above and below.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Northeast Homes Tour Part 1

 The First Annual Northeast Kansas City Historical Society Homes Tour was today with seven wonderful examples of architecture spanning the years from 1884 to 1944.   Above and below, the Palazola House.  A pristine Queen Anne with marvelous interior design located in Pendleton Heights.
              Above, entry hall and below, the parlor.... all the stained glass in the home is original
 This home was built in 1888 for Phillip E. Chappell former mayor of Jefferson County, Missouri, and the Missouri State Treasurer.  Joseph and Mary Palazola purchased the house in 1934 and it has been in the family ever since.  
                                                     Above and below the dining room

 Fireplaces throughout and beautiful bay windows.

 Above, the hallway to the front entryway, below the door from the kitchen to the backyard.

 Above, bar area and "nook" with hand painted mural next to the bar.  A portrait of the homeowner
                                                                  below with "stogie."
 Original art below,  "Nola."   I love that one.

 Breakfast nook above and kitchen below.
Landscaped back yard.
 Above the staircase to the second floor.   Just the first floor was on tour but Toye Palazola gave me permission to "wander."   I'm very grateful for that.
 Second floor balcony overlooking Pendleton Avenue. 
 Above, upstairs family area and below the master bedroom.

 Above, second floor bathroom and, below, butler steps to kitchen.

 Toye Palazola has decorated the home and overseen, with Dr. Palazola, it's restoration.  Two windows, above, which were restored are original.  Below, Toye painted the second floor landing ceiling.