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Holiday home tour

Tour highlights unusual stops
in Crestwood, Pewee Valley

Parkers to show off home designed by architect Fuller

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(November 2007) – Dana and Kevin Parker have the distinction of living in a home designed by “Southern Living” architect Stephen Fuller. The couple’s home is just one of three unique houses on this year’s Crestwood Civic Club’s annual Holiday Home Tour.

Henson Home

Photo provided
Renada

Henson’s home is among those
featured on this year’s Holiday Home
Tour in Crestwood. Houses were
chosen mainly because of their
proximity to one another.

The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 and features several stops in Crestwood and Pewee Valley. Proceeds benefit the club’s student scholarship program, said Linda Patton, publicity chair.
Lunch will be served at the Clubhouse at 7215 Kavanaugh Rd. in Crestwood with two seating times, 11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Maps will be available for anyone wishing to take the tour.
Built in 1995, the Parkers have lived in the home since 2003. In a neighborhood where most homes are brick, the Parker’s white vinyl sided house really stands out.
Dana Parker is originally from Birmingham, Ala., and said this home is “very warm and inviting. It reminds me of home. It’s southern.”
An inviting front porch beckons visitors inside. “I always wanted a porch,” she said, “and this house has three.” The back porch opens up onto a pool area, where Kevin has added his own touch by installing two waterfalls.
Kevin, originally from south Florida, has also built a wrought-iron fence and landscaped the property. Dana is a member of the Louisville Cardinal Garden Club and has put her expertise to use by planting many perennials around the grounds.
Each room is tastefully decorated, spreading a comfortable atmosphere throughout the home. “The home is very pretty at Christmas-time,” said Parker. She decorates with a lot of greenery, adding red touches that make it striking against a backdrop of white vinyl.
Homes chosen were in close proximity to one another, Patton explained.. “They are homes we were aware of. We asked the homeowners if they would be willing to be on the tour.”
The second home on the tour is that of Janice and Bob Bell in Pewee Valley. This simple wooden framed house was built more than 100 years ago. The Parkers have renovated, enlarged and modernized the home, while trying to keep the charm and original character, said Janice Bell.
The Bells purchased their turn-of-the-century home in 1988 and began renovations soon after. The six-bedroom home has been altered to meet their 21st century lifestyle demands.
The couple also added a family room, and in doing so, “turned a two-story farmhouse into a three-story livable home,” said Bell. Her favorite spot in the home is the new master bedroom suit, where windows surround two sides of the room and overlook the extensively landscaped lot.
The home is a perfect spot for summer entertaining, with its sunny porches and swimming pool. A large, screened-in porch overlooks a koi pond, which provides a tranquil spot for reading and reflecting. There are hundreds of Koi fish in the pond, said Bell. This home was on the Crestwood Civic Club’s Annual Garden Tour several years ago.
The Bells are both from Jefferson County, where they had renovated their previous home near Ballard High School. When Janice Bell first saw the home her husband, a real estate agent, had listed, she said she was “captivated.” They ended up buying the home for themselves and moving to Oldham County.
Renada Henson owns the final home on the tour. Originally built in 1870 by Orville Truman, a wholesale dry goods businessman in Louisville, the Pewee Valley home is a 2 1/2 story Victorian style house.
The property had several owners until the William S. Richard family bought it in 1941. They removed a wrap around front porch and replaced it with a neoclassical porch with terrazzo flooring and steps. A rathskeller (“speakeasy”) was installed under the porch and in part of an existing basement.
In 1993, the home was sold to the Henson Development Co., owned by Renada Henson’s family. One year later, architectural artist Sonny Whittle designed and oversaw an extensive renovation project. Included in the plans was the addition of a rear wing on each side of the house and a carriage house.

• Tickets for the home tour can be purchased by calling Ann Murner at (502) 241-5971. Ticket prices are $15 and $17.

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