Can’t wait for June 30 to preview the homes? Here’s who Tour Co-Chairs Chris and Kristyn Hartman and Bert Stevens rounded up:
Patty and Jack Schuessler — 138 E. Sycamore — Simply exquisite German Village residence. A windowed walkway connects two homes. You will love the interior — the creative plaster work — and the wine cellar! Tip: check out the table in the cellar. Trust me, pretty spectacular!
Chris Coffin — 143 Whittier — Cool bachelor pad. Kitchen counter lights up from underneath, master bath is amazing! Love, love, love the choice to do all woodwork in gray — very distinct!
Mike Cornelis and Susan Riley — 862 Mohawk — German Village veterans who have a comfortably elegant/chic home. The master bedroom is a real stunner — Very eye-appealing. Might be cool to use them in the spread because not everyone will get to see that super fab bedroom!
Renate and Boyd Fackler — 689 Third Street — Gothic Revival gets an update from a couple who came back to the Village. From the sculpture out front, to the beautiful staircase at the front door — everything about this house is special — you can tell an artist calls the place home because it has wonderfully personal touches (like the door in the basement her dad — who was also an artist — made).
Elizabeth Hinsbergen and Kate Anderson — 247 E. Sycamore — this is our only Craftsman home on tour, and is it a gem. It has coffered ceilings in the step down family room and a soaked-in-sunlight den that makes you want to grab a book and read. The backyard garden is superb — It even has a pizza oven! Talk about the perfect party place.
Terrence and Jill O’Donnell — 615 City Park Avenue — Charm with a capital “C”, and this is our only family on tour. This place stands out because Jill and Terrence truly embrace its history, but don’t allow that to get in the way of the fact they’re raising three kids there. They display artifacts they found in renovations in the same room where you find the kids’ toys. The children’s bedrooms are precious. I love this home, and I know tour-goers will, too!
Jay Panzer and Jennifer Heitmeyer — 220 E. Sycamore — With all the dog-lovers in German Village, it is very appropriate we found a home that represents! In the kitchen you’ll see a dog-level granite counter top with inset bowls and faucets above them. You’ll also see dog pulls on treat drawers and a dog shower in the mud room. Human amenities are pretty nice, too. Jay has a brand new, out-of-this world home office. Coming soon (just in time for tour): Jennifer’s dressing room off the master!
William and Nicci Hicks — 124 Lansing — Our neighborhood newbies put their own touch on a beautiful two-bedroom cottage.
Carolyn McCall — 633 S. Fifth St. — A divine cottage with whimsical touches. You have to check out the lighting in the closet off the dining room — WAY charming! I love the design surprises throughout this home.
Mark and Emmy Mitchell — 1054 Jaeger Street — Cute, young couple with an Italianate home on the park to match! I love the flow of this home — Very eye-appealing first floor leads to backyard with a pool.
Landmark Property — 966 S. High — Maennerchor German Heritage Haus is under renovation almost entirely on the labor of volunteers. Maennerchor is a founding member of the German Village Society, and their participation in Tour means you’ll get to see inside this 106-year-old property newly dedicated to the celebration of music, singing and German culture.
Danielle and George Skestos garden — 147 E. Deshler — The garden is an amazing place where a family lives, learns and plays together. There is a symbiotic relationship between the the streetscape and exterior garden; as well as the exterior garden and interior garden. The exterior beds are planted with annuals seasonally. However, Variegated Myrtle is permanently planted in the adjacent beds.
Sharon Alvarez — 132 Reinhard — This garden runs the length of Sharon’s home on the park and is full of tidy surprises from front to back. A blooming dogwood, a group of box hedge species and a bunch of new touches coming just for Tour will wow visitors.
Matthew Cohen’s & Susan Geary’s garden — 923 City Park — Susan loves to pick out exotic plants and play in her garden all season long. The beautiful pergola used to sit closer to the house until the addition was built, so the structure was pieced back together in a new location and makes an amazing summer hangout.
BONUS STOP — 550. S. High Street — Tour before it opens the new High Line Car House (formerly Hoster’s and Metro Club). It’s the Village’s newest event space and it has an amazing history as one of just three remaining trolley houses left in Columbus.