Thursday, August 12, 2010

Historic Homes of Noblesville

Location: 17485 River Avenue

Owners: Lynell Newell and her late husband, Pat, since 1976
Constructed by: Civil war veteran Louis G. Metsker and his wife, Sarah, circa 1876
Style: Italianate, with a hipped roofline and wide eaves. The elaborate roofline cornice features scroll brackets and horizontal windows. The home appears larger than it really is. The rooms are small with 10 foot tall ceilings and each room is closed off from the next with wooden doors and transoms.
What work have you done on your house? “The work has been an ongoing labor of love for the past 34 years. We’ve had custom windows made for the house, as well as had exterior painting and wood repair done, roofing, and general updating of the interior.”
What are your favorite features? “The stairwell with its decorative newel post and curved steps. This curve makes it almost impossible to get the furniture up to the second floor and requires the use of the second story door right above the formal front entrance. The decorative corbels and gingerbread on the front porch are all original. The interior has the original doors and hardware and the windows retain their original trim.”
What do you like about this area/neighborhood? “Being within walking distance to all that Noblesville has to offer. I feel like I still have a piece of the country, but am near to the city and activities.”

The 24th Annual Noblesville Tour of Historic Homes will take place on Saturday, September 18th from 10-5.

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