2876 Fairmount Boulevard (2002)
The stately Tudor home in the Fairmount Historic District was originally owned by Kelly of Peterson's Nut Company. Construction and foundation work for this finely appointed residence began in 1914, with a completion date of 1916. The current owners take great pride in the splendor of the carved linen folds in their handcrafted mahogany mantle, a striking plaster ceiling in the dining room, walnut paneling, and spectacular tiger maple wood in one of the six bedrooms. The beauty of oak flooring in the home and the pine flooring in the servants' quarters adds to the richness and explains the duration of the construction and thoughtful architectural design of Shupe and White.
Large leaded glass windows invite sunlight into the spacious home and provide multiple views of the well manicured flowering landscape. A backyard pond, home to dozens of frogs and goldfish, is a surprise along the garden path on this 1.1 acre site.
While servants lived on the third floor, they enjoyed modern conveniences as they attended to the occupants, managed the cleaning and graciously prepared the home for entertaining. Amenities include a dumb waiter to deliver meals from floor to floor, a central vacuum system with the original motor in the basement, a pass-through between the kitchen and the butler's pantry and a firewood cupboard that discreetly stores wood for use in the library. The exquisite details and openness of this elegant abode is further enhanced by a featured fireplace in eight of the charming rooms. Clearly, the architects wished to assure safety for the residents, as each floor has a firehose.
The renovated kitchen with two islands and complementary wood cabinets provide balance and space, all of which add to the hospitable feeling. Guests and cooks can socialize and prepare gastronomic pleasures and use the dedicated radiators, which serve as plate warmers to assure the proper meal temperature.
The home is appointed with rich detailing from hand-tooled doorknobs and plates to handmade brass light fixtures and sconces. Leaded glass French doors add elegance and privacy to the living and dining rooms. Note the poles above the doors, which once held lush velvet drapes that assured privacy and helped retain warmth within each room.
The Celadon ceramic tile roof, once made in
The dormered coach house with stable doors, put into motion with automatic garage doors, is nestled in the backyard and situated at a comfortable distance from the porch and the deck.
· Six secret compartments located in the library, dining room and hallway.
· Butler's pantry vault.
· Mysterious chute and pipe in the second floor linen room.