Photos by Sara Donnelly
From 11am to 5pm on Sun., Sept. 28 the Park Hill Home Tour will feature some of the neighborhood’s greatest architecture, including five homes and the Smiley Campus.
1932 Hudson, Bob and Sue Homiak
Bob and Sue Homiak purchased the 1925 two-story brick colonial home in 1999. During their 15 years as homeowners they have completed many projects to restore the original beauty and add modern conveniences. A breakfast nook, family room, skylights, gas fireplace, stained-glass windows and more are featured in this home.
2050 Grape, Trish and Ed Leary
The 2,550-square-foot brick home is believed to have been the living quarters of farmhands at the City Park Dairy (located at what is now City Park Golf Course) in the late 1800s. The home combines century-old elements—gabled rooftop, white picket fence, and coach house—with modern style—moving staircase and reading nook. Perennial flowerbeds are seen from the living-room windows.
2315 Monaco, John Wyszynski
Wysynski recently completed a yearlong remodel on the 1942 Tudor. He preserved original features including the hammered pewter hardware and fixtures, leaded glass windows and art deco-style bathrooms, while also adding modern features. The kitchen now has a six-burner stovetop, warming drawer, granite-topped island, and more.
2334 Grape, Wendy and Brent Mather
Homeowners and architects Wendy and Brent Mather wanted a unique modern home that reflects nature. They added a butterfly roof, rustic cedar siding, walnut and cork flooring, quartz countertops and natural lighting to the 3,500-square-foot home. Other unique features include accordion sliding doors, geothermal heating, a heat recovery ventilator and an induction cook top.
2351 Grape, Rob and Heidi Rager
The two-story house has distinct modern features—concrete pillars, exposed steel beams, steel roofing and irregular-shaped windows. The home also has a particularly unique staircase made of solid maple on a steel structure with thin vertical stainless cables. While it is modern, the home also has elements of Park Hill traditions including a gable roof, front and back porches and an open backyard.
2540 Holly, Smiley Middle School
After 86 years as Smiley Middle School, the building will house McAuliffe International School beginning this year. To celebrate its history in Park Hill and introduce McAuliffe, the building is included in the home tour for the first time. The Tudor Revival-style red brick building looks castle-like with terracotta ornamentation.
A street fair will take place from 11am to 5pm along Forest Parkway between Montview and 17th. It will feature kids’ activities, a wine and beer garden, vintage car show, live music, and more than 100 local businesses, restaurants and vendors. The event benefits the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. (GPHC).
Adult tickets (13+) cost $15 in advance or $20 the day of, seniors (65+) $10 or $15 the day of, and kids (6-12) $5. Kids younger than 5 get in free. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit www.parkhillhometour.org.