Louisville Magazine

MAR 2017

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78 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.17 Chris was familiar with the place and its former owner, so he knew the bones were in excellent condition. Although the house has undergone an almost total makeover, the woodwork downstairs is original. Chris, a woodworker, refinished floors throughout. A built-in window bench lines one wall in the dining room. Chris has redone all of the woodwork upstairs, which at one point was a separate apartment. e custom rosettes in Kerrie's dressing room are shaped like shoes. e newest accomplishment is the stairwell, with Chris' handiwork on display in the anchor and fleur- de-lis inlays on the landings. e Cliffords estimate that, including purchase price, they've invested about $150,000 in the home, with Chris doing most of the labor. "To live here, people have to love old houses," Kerrie says. "You have to love them because they take work, but they'll last forever." She has considered starting a Portland home tour. "I think it's really important for people to see (progress)," she says. "Not just fully renovated homes, but ones that are being worked in right now — to see a range of demographics. "I hear people, and I hear the news. Even the people I work with (at Winston Industries) are like, 'Oh, my God, are you OK? I can't believe you live there.' But they come here and see a different side of Portland. I think the community at large doesn't understand what a true gem this neighborhood is." Katina Whitlock Shawnee "I don't even know why I was driving down the street, but I was driving down the street on Saturday, there was an open house on Sunday, an auction on ursday — and I bought it like that," Katina Whitlock says of her home on Northwestern Parkway, where she has lived for 12 years.

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