The Meridian-Kessler Tour of Homes celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Not only is this one of the state’s oldest and largest home tours, it is a rare look inside some of the city’s stateliest homes. Taking a tour of the North Meridian Street Historic District is like taking a tour through history, with everything from Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Arts & Crafts modernism, Prairie Style, Neo-Classical architectural styles to name a few.
The Tour offers a rare peak inside some of the city’s most impressive homes, all of which have recently undergone interior design and renovations. It runs from Saturday, June 8 through Sunday, June , 2013, and is open daily from 11am – 5pm.
The Mackey Home – 4167 Washington Boulevard
The Mackey Home is a beautiful, turn-of-the century home that exudes Prairie-style architectural elements, like low-flat eaves, strong horizontal lines and a stucco finish. The home features 7,000 square-feet of space, 4 bedrooms and 7 baths.
The Mackeys purchased the home in 2011. Sarah and John Mackey live there with their 5 children, so it was important that there be ample space. The first floor is open and fluid in its layout. Pocket sliding doors create a functional separation when needed, and leaded glass windows provide a nice accent. Double French doors, also with leaded glass, reveal a spacious, sunroom and pool house.
Extensive landscaping has transformed the outdoor space which features a stone walkway, an ivy wall, a water feature, a pergola and beautiful gardens. An abstract steel sculpture provides the perfect aesthetic anchor.
The Gilroy Home – 4462 Delaware Street
The Gilroy home is a traditional, Tudor revival style that is deceptively big. Walk into the family room and the first thing that jumps out is a soaring cathedral ceiling that confers a certain grandeur to the space, while at the same time not detracting from the intimacy of the room. It is a space that breaths, perfect for gatherings of friends and family, and a great place to be during the holidays. On the other side of the original oak doorway is a formal dining room that is both stylish and elegant.
The first floor is generally well-light and enjoys plenty of natural light. Neutral colors create an ambience that is both warm and inviting.
Owners James and Haley Gilroy live there together with their daughter Caroline and their pug Sam. The Gilroys have decorated the home with some interesting pieces, including a bookcase salvaged from the streets of New York City, and a tall wooden ladder that accentuates the tall celling.
The Weller Home – 4821 N. Meridian Street
There is an inescapable stately quality that defines the homes on north Meridian Street. The Weller home is no exception to this. With its French Eclectic style, the Weller home fits right in with its Meridian counterparts. Designed by the Wellers themselves, the home was built by general contractor contracted John Eaton of John Eaton Homes in 2011. And from the looks of the finished product, it is apparent that the Wellers have a keen eye for architectural style.
Step inside this gorgeous home and you can’t help but notice the open floor plan and towering ceilings, punctuated with white, square columns that lead up to a second-level gallery. A dramatic wall of French-style windows baths the entire space in natural light, and provides a breathtaking vista of the backyard, with its mature trees and meticulous landscaping. The patio features a 12-foot-tall fire pit made of brick that affords level of privacy for intimate gatherings.
The Pierott Home – 5335 Delaware Street
The Pierott home is a two-story Colonial revival style home built in 1926. Owners Kris and Jodi Pierott, who moved from San Francisco, wanted to maintain a sense of stylistic continuity. They were able to achieve this through a series of creative renovations. The result is a European-inspired home that juxtaposes design features characteristic of the Meridian-Kessler area with more personalized design touches reminiscent of the Pierott’s San Francisco experiences.
Obsolete knob and tube wiring was completely replaced, and carpeting in the sunroom was ripped up to reveal art-deco design elements. Carpeting on the staircase and upstairs hallway was also removed and the underlying hardwoods refinished and stained in deep walnut tones.
The Conrad Home – 5435 Washington Boulevard
The Conrad home underwent a series of renovations, courtesy of the previous owners. That suits new owners Christopher and Drew Conrad just fine. They discovered the home in 2010, and knew this was the home for them.
Renovations include new paint throughout the entire home, and expanded and modernized kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and gorgeous cabinetry, finished off with brushed nickel hardware.
The oak entry way door is original, as are the built-in window seats and bookcases, original hardwood floors, a fireplace, stained glass windows, light fixtures, floor tile, and unpainted wood crown molding and trim.
A large formal dining room retains the original stained glass windows, in addition to a crystal chandelier and beautiful Cherry wood dining room table acquired in northeast Indiana Amish country.
The McGovern Home – 5441 Washington Boulevard
The McGovern Home has an interesting story. Owners Steve and Katie McGovern were Chicago transplants several years ago who settled in Carmel Indiana. They loved the Brownstones that were so characteristic of Chicago style architecture. Their decision to take a drive through Indianapolis one afternoon proved to be a fateful one. They discovered the Meridian-Kessler area and knew at once they had found the area where they wanted to buy their next home.
After driving through the area they happened upon the home located at 5441 Washington Boulevard. They went on three showings of it before deciding to finally buy it.
The home comes with 4,300-square-foot of space, 4 bedrooms, 2-1/2 half baths and a full basement. The front door, with its lead glass window, opens into a beautiful marble tiled floor.
Since purchasing the home in 2009 the home has undergone several renovations, including a completely gutted and remodeled kitchen that features Amish-made cabinetry with brushed nickel hardware, set before a white subway tile backsplash, modern stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a gorgeous slate floor, and a kitchen window bench complete with comfy cushions to form the perfect eat-in area.
The Gabet Home – 5756 Washington Boulevard
Matt and Jessica Gabet purchased the home located at 5756 Washington Boulevard in 2007. This Tudor Revival-style home, built in 1935, offers 3,000 square feet of mostly renovated space.
The kitchen was completely gutted in order to facilitate a larger and functional space. It now combines modern elements, including granite countertops, custom-made, off-white cabinetry, granite tile flooring and new lighting, with a shabby-chic flare. To say it is a far cry from the breakfast nook it started out as would be an understatement, to be sure.
Moving into the dining room, one is met with various historic details which have been preserved in all their original glory, including built-in alcoves and various cubby spaces. Arched doorways prevail throughout the home. The resulting style might best be described as French eclectic. Distressed furniture accompanied by pastel-painted walls and vintage touches, like crystal chandeliers, creates a space that is both classic and youthful.