Living in History Home & Garden Tour 2013: 'Town and Country'

7th annual event set for Saturday

By Jean Henry/The Garden Club of Frankfort Published:

The Garden Club of Frankfort and the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission are sponsoring the seventh annual Living in History Home and Garden Tour Saturday.

The tour is from 10 a.m-5 p.m. The luncheon at the Frankfort Country Club is offered from 11-2. The Boutique is open from 10-5. Proceeds from the Living in History tour help fund Frankfort beautification projects such as the Frankfort Cemetery Chapel and the Wilkinson Boulevard median improvements. 

The theme this year is “Town and Country” and the seven properties on the tour represent the varying lifestyles of spacious country living, suburban convenience and downtown amenities. Visitors may begin the tour at any point and proceed at will.  Directions to the sites are included with the purchase of a ticket.  

Tickets for the tour are $15 and are available at any of the homes or at the Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath on the day of the tour or in advance at the Frankfort Tourist Commission, 100 Capital Ave., 502-875-8687.  Tickets for the luncheon at the Country Club are $15 and may be purchased there. A shopping opportunity will also be available at the Country Club Boutique with some 20 vendors.

The properties

J.D. and Meg Quarles own the country home on the west side of town. It is situated off U.S. 60 in a cul de sac at 129 Little Paige Dr. This large home is on about two acres of some of the most beautiful land in Franklin County.

On the east side of town Jack and Theresa Damron also enjoy the feeling of country living on four acres at 775 Stoneleigh Dr. Visitors will enjoy the creek and gardens and a home totally renovated since being built in 1979. This couple’s commitment to creating a sustainable landscape is apparent in their use of native plants, rain barrels and compost bins. 

Two homes in Frankfort’s historic district will give visitors a chance to see how outdoor living has been incorporated into a downtown setting.

Rich Rosen and Anna Marie Pavlik share their extensive garden area at 417 Wapping St. and will be available to talk about their dual passions. Rosen is vice president of the American Daylily Society and grows several hundred daylily cultivars, and Pavlik will have on display some of her award-winning, nature-inspired etchings as well as some of the tools of her trade. Rosen will present brief talks at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Just down the street at 410 Wapping St. and nestled behind wrought iron fencing and brick walls, Mike and Evelyn Claffy welcome visitors into a 1930s house with a 21st century lap pool incorporated into the back garden among Mike’s collection of roses.

 Ann Austin Wright’s home at 119 Main St. was formerly a commercial building constructed in 1939 and occupied for many years by Frankfort Meter and Electric. Wright has made something of a hobby of renovating properties and in the six years since she purchased this property, which had never before been a residence, she has faced and overcome many challenges in unique and innovative ways.

Visitors will enter directly from the sidewalk along Main Street and will make their way through a spacious, sophisticated and colorful living space with the feel of an urban loft.  The expansive balcony at the back of the property offers a view of the Kentucky River and a glimpse through the trees of the dome of the Capitol.  

Juanita Holland’s home at 200 Duntreath in Two Creeks represents a style of living that has become more and more popular. Her spacious (3,000 square feet) condominium offers the benefits of a house without some of the maintenance responsibilities associated with lawns and gardens. The owner’s experience as an interior designer is apparent in the exquisite décor.

Also in this neighborhood is the home of Michael and Audrey Haynes at 127 Saratoga. This large (5,000 square feet) home boasts a décor with modern clean lines rooted in tradition. Brazilian cherry hardwood spans the main floor, which is also accented by 10-foot ceilings and double layer molding. The master bath has stone floors as well as a fireplace.

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