FRANKFORT — Each year, history buffs look forward to the Living in History Home and Garden Tour in Frankfort. On June 8, when the seventh annual tour opens, basketball fans might want to tag along.
The home of J.D. and Meg Quarles on Littlepaige Drive has a basketball court in the basement — and a mural of fans in the stands at Rupp Arena. A friend of the Quarleses photographed J.D. Quarles and his son at a game, and a sign company enlarged it to fit a wall in the basement. A University of Kentucky logo was placed on the hardwood flooring, and a goal installed. It's become more of a conversation topic than a playing court, Meg Quarles said.
The Quarleses worked with the home builder for 11 months to choose the perfect family-friendly floor plan. The family moved into the home in 2010, and the sports/entertainment-themed basement was designed and finished later.
The main floor has an office, dining room, guest bathroom, master bedroom, living area and spacious kitchen. But the basement is where friends and family gather.
While newer homes on the tour offer the latest trends in decorating, historic homes give visitors a look at the past.
Ann Austin Wright has renovated six other residences, and her latest one is on Main Street. This property, once a commercial space, was built in 1939 and has a balcony that overlooks the Kentucky River and the dome of the State Capitol.
Gardeners who have a passion for daylilies and irises will by inspired by the plantings at the home of Anna Marie Pavlik and Rich Rosen on Wapping Street. Rosen, who is vice president of the American Daylily Society, will make two presentations during the day.
A collection of roses borders the lap pool at the home of Evelyn and Michael Claffy, also on Wapping Street. Their 1930s house is filled with family antiques.
Also on the tour are interior designer Juanita Holland's condominium on Duntreath, the 5,000-square-foot home of Michael and Audrey Haynes on Saratoga, as well as the country home of Jack and Theresa Damron on Stoneleigh Drive.
IF YOU GO
Living in History Home and Garden Tour
What: Tour of several homes and gardens in Frankfort
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 8
Where: Various locations (see below)
Tickets: $15, available at Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist Commission, 100 Capital Ave., or at each home on the tour.
Learn more: (502) 875-8687
Luncheon: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 8 at Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath. $15. A boutique will feature Jon Carloftis' Rockcastle River Trading Co. and local vendors.
Locations: 129 Littlepaige Dr., 410 and 417 Wapping St., 200 Duntreath, 127 Saratoga and 775 Stoneleigh Dr.
Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog:flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com