Georgetown tour takes in several of town's historic homes

Home of Lee and Karen Czor is part of Scott County Arts Consortium tour

swthompson@herald-leader.comOctober 5, 2011 

  • If you go

    Scott County Arts Consortium's Tour of Historic Homes

    The tour takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 9. It includes the following homes:

    ■ 428 West Main St., home of Lee and Karen Czor.

    ■ 1400 Lexington Rd., home of John and Lori Saunders.

    ■ 306 North Hamilton St., home of Harold Dean Jessie.

    ■ 590 Military St., The Bradshaw Farm, home of Tracy Hilander. The house and a Saddlebred horse farm are on the tour.

    ■ Arts & Cultural Center and Welcome Center, 117 North Water St.

    Tickets are $10 and available at each home the day of the tour, and in advance at:

    ■ Country Peddler Shoppe, 218 East Main St.

    ■ Georgetown Antique Mall, 124 West Main St.

    ■ Lock & Key Coffee House, 201 East Main St.

    ■ The Arts & Cultural Center, 117 North Water St.

GEORGETOWN — Karen Czor and her family have lived at 428 West Main Street for more than 10 years, but she doesn't claim true ownership.

"We are the stewards right now," she said. "We are maintaining history."

The Classical Revival-style house that the Czors will mend, patch, restore and safeguard for a few decades, was built in 1910. The public can explore the home on Sunday when the Czors open it for the annual Scott County Arts Consortium's Tour of Historic Homes.

Scott County historian Ann Bevins said the dwelling was established by Thomas H. and Carrie S. Wolfe at the time of their marriage. Wolfe bought the lot in 1910.

Over the decades, various owners have added their personal touch to the home. In the middle of the last century, the house was divided into two separate residences. In the '70s, the back porch became a kitchen, and was updated again in 1993.

Karen Czor and her husband, Lee, bought the house in 1999 and turned the tiny kitchen into a mudroom, and revamped what was a family room to make it a modern kitchen.

The kitchen fireplace, with its original fire screen, no longer works but is an eye-catching centerpiece. The Czors added a tin ceiling that was hand-rubbed with tinted polyurethane to provide an antique finish.

The window over the kitchen's farmhouse sink overlooks a shady back yard featuring a patio with a travertine tile fireplace, a wisteria vine-covered pergola, and a stacked stone wall.

Perhaps in the future, Karen Czor said, the patio will be covered to provide more space for entertaining.

When friends aren't gathered in the kitchen, they're in the sun room, which was added to the house in the '70s as a screened three-season porch without lighting, heating or air conditioning. It now has all the 21st-century amenities.

The main floor guest bathroom has the original bathtub that will one day be replaced by a new antique-style tub. "It has been re-porcelained so many times," Karen Czor said.

The occasional front-door guest enters the home by way of a formal parlor that now is the music room and home to a grand piano that belongs to the Czors' daughter, Chelsea.

Family and friends enter through the side entrance hallway that also leads to the basement and the Czors' wine cellar.

The climate-controlled cellar has space to hold 1,200 bottles of wine. Many bottles in the collection were brought home from business trips. Karen Czor travels worldwide for her business, Czor Environmental Consulting, and Lee Czor is a geotechnical engineer.

When Chelsea was younger, her room was located in the attic. It's now a guest room and when she comes home from college, her "grown-up" room now is on the second floor. The master bath was completely remodeled in 2006 with travertine marble tiles.

From the attic to the basement, the Czors have retained as much of the original structure as possible. When floor boards couldn't be refinished, old ones from the same era were found to replace them. Instead of tearing down walls to make closets, the Czors simply took an extra bedroom and turned it into a dressing room — modernizing the home without intruding on its historic significance.

Reach Sharon Thompson at (859) 231-3321 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3321.

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