Tour Stop 2
551 Broyles Street
Justin, Amaris, Maggie, and Barkley Landis
Amaris and Justin were just settling into their fifth year in their second Grant Park home when they became aware of a rare opportunity to purchase a vacant lot in the neighborhood’s northwestern quadrant. It was something they felt they couldn’t pass up. Although it was bittersweet to think about leaving the 1903 Victorian they had so lovingly restored, they were excited about the chance to build a home from scratch.
They closed on the lot in late 2014, then went to work over the next year and a half with one of the neighborhood’s premier design/build teams to construct a three-story, six-bedroom, five-bathroom dream home with a two-car garage and finished basement. To ensure their new house fit the historic feel of the neighborhood, the Landises chose features typically seen in historic homes such as hardwood floors, high ceilings, picture molding, built-in cabinetry, a central hallway, a butler’s pantry, stained glass, and a historically appropriate window- and door-trim package.
The home’s grand central hallway leads to an open floor plan with gourmet kitchen that has an apron front sink, a full wall of tile and honed marble countertops. The living room spills onto a screened porch with a gas fireplace of its own. The bathrooms even have the unique feel that you might find in an old home (elegant marble tile and rustic mirrors in the master) while employing a bit of modern whimsy (pink and white penny tiles, a sparkly marble countertop and pink walls in the upstairs bath).
Other personal incorporations you’ll see during the tour are the stained glass Grant Park “sunburst” transom over the front door as well as the stained glass in the butler’s pantry — both designed and created by local artist, Charlie Gebus. These are the Landises favorite finishing touches!