A modern day loved ones of five is honoring the past and guarding the potential of a historic Westerville dwelling that once was a quit on the Underground Railroad and much more not long ago was owned by the late Katherine LeVeque and her partner, Fred.
Owners Beth and Josh Fenton worked with Steller Construction previous calendar year to total a major kitchen area renovation and 2,900-square-foot addition to the 6,000-square-foot household, which they ordered in 2016.
“It was like at 1st sight,” claims Beth, upon looking at the property in southern Delaware County. Not generally a fan of older households or farmhouse model, she finds this a single quite partaking. Now located at the end of a cul-de-sac in a community of higher-conclude properties constructed a lot more a short while ago, the historic house has its individual distinctive design, as effectively as an interesting heritage. It was built in 1841 by anti-slavery activist Samuel Patterson and at 1 time functioned as a United Methodist Church in addition to remaining a refuge for persons who had been fleeing slavery.
Patterson frequently invited regarded abolitionists to converse at his services. His activities sooner or later led to the naming of nearby Africa Road. The LeVeques procured the assets as newlyweds in 1955 and added a number of hundred acres in subsequent decades. Following she used a lifetime preserving and updating the space, as well as selling off some of the land, the final 5 acres and the property were being bought after Katherine LeVeque’s death in 2014. (Columbus real estate icon Fred LeVeque died in a plane crash in 1975.)
When they procured the home, the Fentons required to keep lots of of its unique aspects whilst making it a warm and practical house for their family members of three boys, one particular pet dog and a few cats. The pair, for the most portion, chose not to knock down walls or prolonged-standing features this kind of as wooden doors and fireplaces. As a final result, exposed brick partitions, wooden paneling and primary doors and hardware add levels of intrigue that distinction with its modern-day updates.
Beth acknowledges the home was large to start off with but suggests her family “pretty a great deal employs each room, every single working day.” Even most of the seven fireplaces are utilised on a standard basis.
The centerpiece of the renovation is the kitchen area, which earlier experienced served as the home’s eating space. The room’s authentic, big fireplace—believed to have been made use of for cooking at just one time—lends a historic really feel to a thoroughly modernized kitchen that now has a big island, light-colored cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances, including a 35-cubic-foot stainless fridge. Mainly because of the refrigerator’s dimension, “the kitchen area was rather significantly developed about it,” Beth notes.
White, customized cupboards function shaker doorways and sleek brass components that give the room a clean, fashionable look. The huge, customized-stained oak island doubles as spouse and children eating place. The cupboards, crafted by Dearing Cabinetry, LLC, are at the leading of Beth’s list of “favorites” in her new residence. “They are so sound, and the carpenter expended weeks below, doing the job on the minimal details [to achieve] perfection,” she suggests.
Flooring are a top quality, select grade of Appalachian oak hardwood completed with Mystic Taupe Large Gloss stain. The color provides a lighter contrast to the slate fireplace at the fireplace and flooring in the adjacent sunroom, and it solved a style and design problem. The household has numerous types of wooden used in its first development and the LeVeque updates. “There is so much wooden in this property, there was no believed of matching it,” Beth claims.
Steller also reworked what was the authentic galley kitchen area into a butler’s pantry, a secondary messy kitchen and a family members foyer, also recognized as the mud space. An unique fire and doorway include historic character, there, but the dim and cramped truly feel has been removed and changed with a picture window, crops and a roomy locker space that includes white cabinetry and benches.
The Fentons widened a doorway among the kitchen and sunroom, earning the kitchen seem bigger and filling the place with abundant light and views of the assets, including a greenhouse that Katherine LeVeque additional to the property. With attractive home windows and a huge spiral staircase, the sunroom has a conservatory truly feel, and is exactly where the previous lady of the house’s impact is very much existing, clarifies Beth.
“Some of the issues she did I just marvel at,” Beth says, noting a grand light-weight fixture in the sunroom. LeVeque remodeled an old fuel lantern by turning it upside down and acquiring it wired to grow to be a working, 1-of-a-form assertion piece. A teal-colored wrought-iron staircase with a scroll sample of blooms and petals is a different LeVeque trademark. The Fentons have current it with black paint.
Relics from the historic LeVeque Tower surface in the solarium at the opposite end of the residence. There, ornate bronze panels and steel wall decorations from LeVeque Tower elevators incorporate visible texture and curiosity. With its domed glass ceiling, round home windows and brick partitions, the home harkens to another time and place, however was utilized as the household hub throughout the recent kitchen area renovation. It now serves as eating place and homework room.
The new, two-story addition begins near the kitchen area place and consists of a large, stroll-in-pantry with brick accent walls a spacious, windowed laundry area two total bogs a house office environment a 4-automobile garage and a yoga studio. Beth, who is a yoga teacher, envisioned the house as a classroom, but the COVID-19 pandemic altered these strategies. She however hopes to use it for its meant intent but has taken advantage of its openness and light for her very own apply at home.
Her husband’s business occupies the second ground, with a huge, open operate space and seating place. Josh, who owns a stability software program and consulting organization, has a “designer’s intellect,” suggests his spouse. He designed a significant gentle fixture for the domed solarium when they could not locate exactly what they ended up hunting for. He also was responsible for deciding on a exceptional light fixture in the addition’s hallway region, as properly as the Dacor kitchen area appliances. “He’s the legitimate chef in the relatives,” she claims. “When it arrives to cooking, he’s the entertaining a single.”
The few delights in the one of a kind touches—light sconces, a blue delft tile fireplace encompass in the piano place, a demi-lune market in the principal residing room—found all over the property. Beth is specially fond of reliefs created into the brick wall encompassing the outdoor pool.
“There are so quite a few exciting small quirks below,” she states. “We appreciate this dwelling so a great deal.”
A person of her beloved attributes is the Dutch door in the household lobby, with its unique hardware. “My partner retains stating we require to get rid of [the door] because it is so drafty and not energy successful, but I like it,” she laughs. “I’m keeping out.”