Known to locals as “The Triangle,” the Cherokee Triangle Historic District is adored for its mix of architectural styles, ranging from Italianate to Tudor Revival, and mature trees that offer shade as well as privacy. This neighborhood represents the yesterday and today of Louisville, and this home on Eastern Parkway reveals layers of local history.
Rumored to have been designed by famed architect Stratton Hammon, this brick-clad home dates back to the early 1900s. It has only had two owners, the first being members of the Heimerdinger family. The second owner purchased the home in the ’80s, namely for the front porch. “When we bought the house, my husband was fond of telling people we bought the front porch, and the house came with it,” explains the current homeowner. The wide porch runs the length of the house and is undeniably the most noticeable feature of its charming exterior.
The charming home, dressed in historical details and character, suited the homeowner and her family for four decades. Now that it is only her living in the house, it feels rather large. It is for that reason that the house is ready for its next chapter and its third owner. Take a look inside this sweet, historic home.
Within the home, historic elements delight. A stained-glass window in the entryway is the first of two stained-glass pieces original to the house. Rich hardwood and tile flooring have been left untouched, and ageless woodwork lives throughout. Plus, the original footprint has been maintained. While elements of the past hold court in the house, it is no stranger to newness.
edone in the last decade, the Craftsman kitchen presents a more contemporary design that complements the warm, inviting rooms that surround it. Wood kitchen cabinets were smartly chosen for their classic appearance, and a tile backsplash and countertops bring in shades of green. With an updated functional design, the kitchen soon became the heart of the home for the homeowner and her family. It is here she concocted a now-famous cookie recipe for her three grandsons, which was later entered into the state fair. She says, “I have fond memories cooking in this kitchen for my husband, kids and grandkids.” A favorite memory was when she consulted her young grandson for his opinion on the cookies, and he suggested adding just half a teaspoon more of sugar.
Inviting rooms on the first floor display the home’s livability and showcase the comfort it offers. The main living space design showcases an eye-catching fireplace with ornate wood detailing and marble surround. The doorframes and molding are finished in the same wood, and all-white furnishings let these architectural elements shine. This area opens to a sunroom with large windows that overlook the neighborhood.
On the second floor, four bedrooms provide plenty of space for a large family. And although small in size, the master bedroom offers a quiet retreat. However, it is on the third floor that you’ll discover a truly inviting escape — a custom renovation brought the previously underused attic to life as an art and reading space for the homeowner. Outfitted with a kitchenette and full bathroom, the entire floor could be an in-law suite.
This Cherokee Triangle home is only a few quick blocks away from the offerings on Bardstown Road and sits on a flat lot (a rarity in The Highlands). Plus, there is a large backyard and three-car garage. The green-thumbed homeowner has taken good care of the landscaping.
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