The Living in History Home and Garden Tour, sponsored by the Garden Club of Frankfort, takes place June 10 and features a variety of architecture from downtown Frankfort to a subdivision.
Proceeds from the tour are used for community beautification projects. One of the completed projects — a joint endeavor with the city of Frankfort — is the landscaped median on Wilkinson Street, one of the entrances to the downtown area.
The Frankfort Cemetery Chapel will be the beneficiary of funds raised by the 2017 tour. Club members are planning improvements to the building, inside and out. The Frankfort Cemetery is a major destination of visitors to the state capital and is the resting place of frontiersman Daniel Boone.
The following is a sampling of the properties on the tour:
The Settle & Scott Apartments, 230 W. Main St. and 232 W. Main St.
The featured apartments are on the second story of two adjoining downtown commercial buildings dating from the 1850s to1870s. Most locals will recall the storefront at 232 as the former location of Marshall’s Diner, a long-time popular eatery. After Marshall’s closed and both buildings were foreclosed, Jen and Leo Williamson purchased them and began a complete rehab, which included creating these deluxe one-bedroom apartments above the storefront level.
Both apartments have tall front windows offering fantastic views of urban life on Main Street. The owners carried out their renovation with a commitment to maintain the historic character of the old buildings, retaining original architectural elements such as the tall ceilings, interior doors with transoms, and original windows and woodwork.
The Cannon-Dryer House, 420 Ann Street
The Cannon-Dryer house is named for John Cannon, a famed steamboat builder, owner and commander. Construction began on this grand home prior to the Civil War, but it was not completed until 1866. When his steamboat, the “Robert E. Lee,” beat the “Natchez” in a race from New Orleans to St. Louis on the Mississippi River on July 4, 1870, Cannon became the “most famous man in America” for a time. Today the building is home to the law firm Michael Hawkins and Associates.
The Townsley-Lewis and Monroe gardens, 509 and 511 Marshall Court (only the gardens are on the tour)
Both houses at 509 and 511 Marshall Court date from the 1940s and were built in the Tudor Revival style, which is often characterized by design elements such as steeply pitched front gables, half-timbering, leaded-glass windows, and other architectural features that evoke English country cottages.
In fact, these houses were sometimes referred to as “storybook homes.” Both are heavily accented by native limestone (aka, Kentucky River Marble), as were many of the “romantic revival” period homes in this area built around the time of WWII. Mickey and Sally Monroe’s house (511 Marshall Court) is known to have been designed by architect Spencer W. Cryer, who also designed a number of other Tudor revival houses in the South Frankfort neighborhood.
After visiting historic Tudor homes and gardens of England, the Monroes drew inspiration for their garden and designed it to allow enjoyable views from inside their home. The beautiful garden surrounding the house features a colorful array of flowering plants for sun and shade. The front yard garden blends seamlessly into that of their next door neighbors, Margaret Townsley and Ernie Lewis, to create a visual delight of horticulture to those walking in this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.
The Hammons Home, 124 Saratoga Dr.
Dr. Todd and Tonya Hammons built this home in 2006, drawing inspiration from the style of French chateaux. From the imposing rustic front door to the dark woodwork and wrought iron chandeliers, the interior evokes an Old World character. The great room features a coffered wood ceiling and paneling, a richly detailed fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves and a bar area that connects to the spacious kitchen. The kitchen is adjoined by both a formal dining room and an informal dining/sitting area with a massive fireplace. A partially covered back patio edged by English boxwoods creates the perfect area for the family to enjoy the back yard and the bucolic landscape of farmland beyond.
The other homes on the tour are: Virginia’s Place, 402 W. Fourth Street; The Garland Home, 110 Saratoga; The Crittenden Home, 305 Stonehedge; The Jeffries Home, Capital Plaza Hotel Condo 909, 405 Wilkinson Blvd.
If you go
Living in History Home and Garden Tour, Garden Club of Frankfort
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 10
Where: Throughout Frankfort
Cost: Tickets are $15 and are available in advance from the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist Commission, 502-875-8687, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Commission, 100 Capital Ave., or at each site on the tour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A luncheon ($15 per person) and boutique will also be held at the Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.