Tour Stop 8
474 Park Avenue
Carl Mattison and Rob Smith
Carl and Rob began their love affair with historic homes in 2003 when they purchased and restored their first Grant Park home. Six years later, they were ready for their next “diamond in the rough”, and purchased this two-story, four-bedroom Queen Anne Victorian in immaculately original condition.
Built in 1905 for Charles Ash, a local furniture manufacturer, this house had the potential to become the home of their dreams. However, Rob and Carl could not even see the home from the street due to the “front yard forest,” and a giant awning engulfing the porch. The inside is what really sold them: 11-foot ceilings, a large foyer, nine-foot pocket doors (made into swinging doors in the 1920s when the home was converted to a duplex) and a 104-year old staircase. Add to that seven original mantles and fireplaces, a beautiful stained glass window in the stairwell, and a deep back-yard with an early-1900s garage.
Shortly after buying the house https://allpokies.co.nz/, Carl and Rob “deforested” the front yard, removed the awning, and repainted the exterior and interior. A few years later, they refinished the floors, replaced several lighting fixtures and remodeled a bathroom. The biggest phase of work was completed this past summer and included installing a pool, gutting and renovating the kitchen, and building a new 2-story addition on the back that included a bedroom and master bath. They also converted the old garage to a pool house and built a new garage and workshop at the back of the property.
During the renovation, it was determined that the fireplace between the kitchen and dining room needed to go — a decision that Carl and Rob struggled over for months. In the end they found a way to give the fireplace new life, as the 111-year-old bricks became the herringbone-patterned floor in the pool house.