Louisville Magazine

APR 2012

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Ross Seed president Charles Ross turned the property's original circa-1871 Gothic Revival cottage into a 10,000-square-foot Colonial Revival mansion. As any old-house owner will attest, origi- nal accoutrements can be a mixed blessing. Tough the pegged plank floors, massive crown moldings, Delft kitchen tiles, St. Helena Island gumwood paneling in the library and block-printed Zuber et Cie wallpaper mural in the dining room were in excellent condition, the mechanicals were "antiquated," Grangier says. "Tere was gas plumbing for the lighting fixtures, 1920s baths, one (electrical) outlet in every room . . . and a 1920s-style kitchen." To bring the house into the 21st century, This page: the gumwood-paneled library (top), with 19th-century prism chandelier and bronze torchieres, and the staircase off the art-filled foyer. Opposite page: the butler's pantry (above) and mural-walled dining room. [114] LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 4.12 just days before, had to come with it. One of the things Grangier says he loved best about the house — besides its com- manding Gone With the Wind facade — was that it hadn't been "remuddled" by its previous owner, the late Kingsford Char- coal founder Owen Pyle. In fact, almost nothing had changed since 1929, when he hired his own team — a crew to remove trees that were endangering the house and outbuildings, an electrician, woodworkers, a plumber, and a project leader to oversee the improvements. Monthly visits along with email and digital photography allowed Grangier to manage the project from wher- ever he was working. Outside, his goal was to create a setting every bit as imposing as the house itself. He purchased a 27-by-30-foot Belgian fountain for the front yard; replaced stone founda- tions; added front and back heated brick

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