Old Louisville Victorian home sports eclectic collections, furniture

When Sherry and Harry Jacobson-Beyer moved into their Old Louisville home in 1976, the third floor of the 1903 Victorian was an empty shell.

“The son of (the former owner) lived (lived) on the third floor,” said Harry. “He had a household extension cord running from the second floor to the third floor, with a probably 200 amp stereo set – and an unvented stove and a red light.”

Before moving in, the Jacobson-Beyers completed some of the basic renovation work themselves, hiring an electrician, plumber, and others to get their home in a more comfortable and livable condition. Now more than 40 years later, the home is filled with an eclectic collection of furniture and accessories that reflect their unique personality.

Renovated right

“The first thing that was done was the plumbing,” said Harry, “and then we put in our washer (s) dryer & mldr; (Sherry) was a teacher at the Brown School & mldr; She hired some of the seniors, and they came, and they carried tons of plaster out of the house, so they could build walls. “

Several rooms in the house have since been remodeled two or three times, with some areas getting a new coat of paint now and then. However, there is a part of the house that retains its original 1970s charm.

“The room that has been untouched since (the first remodel) is the utility room,” said Harry. “The wallpaper is self-adhesive that we got from Kmart in 1976.”

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The blue, yellow, and white geometric paper covering two walls and ceiling has proven to be durable: Now 45 years old, it still goes strong and complements the bright blue cabinets and yellow countertops.

In one corner of the room, on the brick wall to the right of the washing machine, is Sherry and Harry’s magnet collection. More than 100 magnets – souvenirs from trips to California, New York, Spain, Canada and beyond – make up a small part of the souvenir collection they’ve collected over the years in their travels.

Personal Choices

The couple’s collection of decorative masks, which adorn the walls along the main staircase, includes pieces from Cuba, Costa Rica, Australia and New Zealand, to name a few. Some are leftovers from vacations they have taken together; others are from Sherry’s time with the Peace Corps, and a few were gifts. No two masks are the same – just like the rest of the home’s furnishings, each mask is unique.

In addition to magnets and masks, Harry and Sherry have provided their space with countless other items, including photographs, tapestries, prints, sculptures and other types of art. Scattered throughout the house are pieces by local artists JD Schall, Stan Goldberg and Chris Hill, as well as works by out-of-state Bluegrass artists – and even Harry himself.

“Four of them are mine,” he said, referring to the collection of framed photographs on a wall in his office. “Two are from different friends who are photographers, and the one in the center on the right (is from) my cousin CJ Pressma, a local photographer.”

Furniture finds

Most of Sherry and Harry’s furniture and furnishings, like their works of art, have been incorporated into their spaces over the years; each piece discovered in a different place, in a different time.

“We have (our) coffee table in Galveston, Texas,” said Harry. “We found (it) in an antique store … We’ve both seen it and fell in love with it.”

The couple is a fan of finding unique antiques and giving it a new lease of life, like the lamp they bought through an online auction a few months ago.

‘It had a normal tint and we went shopping [another] shadow, ”Harry said, giving it an upgrade.

“The man (in the store) immediately brought out that (current) shadow,” Sherry said. He said & mldr; it is the most expensive shade in the store, and it is the most bizarre shade in the store. “

As pricey and extravagant as it may be, the shade fitted perfectly and the lamp found its new home on the third floor of the Jacobsen-Beyer residence.

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“There are probably five pieces of furniture [that we] bought at a regular store, and everything else came from an auction, or an estate sale, or a family member, ”Sherry said. “No one has ever come in to tell us (how) we should design our house or buy (certain) works of art. We bought everything (ourselves). “

Do you know of a house that would make a great home for the week? Email writer Lennie Omalza at aloha@lennieomalza.com or Lifestyle Editor Kathryn Gregory at kgregory@gannett.com.

nuts bolts

Owners: Sherry and Harry Jacobson-Beyer. Sherry is a retired computer programmer and Harry is a retired teacher and librarian. Also in the house is the couple’s dog, Elliot.

House: This is a 4-bed, 2-bath, 3,000 square foot, three-story Victorian home built in 1903 in Old Louisville.

Distinctive elements: Five jackets and three sets of pocket doors; original, unpainted upholstery and woodwork; original red pine floor on the first floor; kitchen remodeled in the late 1990s with Corian countertops and splashback, as well as custom cabinets; renovated bathrooms with modern tiles and fixtures; eclectic art collection from various media, collected during the over 45 years of the owners’ marriage.

Applause! Applause! Grows Joe Goulart and Howard Hardison for their inspiration, ideas and hard work; landscape architect Dick Wiche for his incredible artistic sensitivity to the urban areas of the home; local artists JD Schall, Stan Goldberg and Chris Hill, for their pottery, photography and unique artwork that adorns the home.

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