Named after architect Henry Hobson Richardson, this European-inspired home design was established in the late 1800s.
Houses built in this style feature a gable roof, semiround arches, and stonework to give them a “sense of permanence.” Richardson’s most famous structure is Trinity Church in Boston, which is designated a National Historic Landmark.
Lovely in Lexington
Built in 1892, this four-bedroom, 3,868-square-foot home has an equally prestigious spot on the National Register of Historic Places. It sits at the end of one of just two cul-de-sacs in downtown Lexington.
The homeowner is also the listing broker, Blake Liles of Keller Williams Bluegrass: “This is actually my own personal house. It’s located on one of the oldest streets [Elsmere Park] in Lexington.”
The home has been through a lot over the decades and hasn’t always looked as appealing as it does now, explains Liles, who acquired it three years ago. “It was a duplex in the ’60s, then became a single-family residence in the ’70s. It fell into disrepair after that, but it has been entirely restored.
“We have installed a new HVAC, a new kitchen and bathrooms, and the antique slate–style roof is also new,” says Liles. “The kitchen and baths are all modernized with new backsplashes and tile floors.”
Liles kept the original woodwork and other historic features of the home. He finished the third floor, adding HVAC and a bathroom and converting the space into a family room.
The space could also serve as an office or additional bedroom, he says. “You could definitely make it into a master suite as well. It has 20-foot ceilings, which are incredible”
The home now features an intriguing blend of modern amenities and vintage style.
The grand staircase in the main entry is a showpiece, Liles says. “It’s the original staircase in front, and there is also one in the back that has the original woodworking.
“There are original pocket doors and brick accents throughout,” he continues. “Every bedroom has its own fireplace as well. There are a total of seven fireplaces.”
The exterior features a beautifully restored three-story turret and copper box gutters. It has been freshly tuckpointed and painted.
The oversized chef’s kitchen comes with custom cabinetry, granite countertops, and a gas range. The large backyard is ideal for families.
“The next owner will definitely be someone who has a love for the Victorian style and downtown living,” says Liles.
Liles has nine dogs and is looking to move an hour out of the city to a home with lots of land.
“We love this home, but we are crazy dog people, and they need more land to play,” he says.
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