Tour Stop 10
358 Glenwood Avenue
Skip McPheeters, dog Gumbo, cats Sister and Boo
Style: Craftsman Bungalow
Don’t miss: The Mercedes headlight windows
After several years of long-distance dating, Skip moved from New Orleans into this house 17 years ago with his partner at the time. The house was built around 1910 and purchased in 1993 for $78,000 with an old-fashioned “signature loan.” The house wasn’t habitable, so a traditional mortgage wasn’t even an option – in fact, the Virginia stove was the only source of heat at the time.
Over the next few months and years, they turned it into a functional, unique space with two bathrooms and two bedrooms with a comfortable style that has evolved over time, yet is reminiscent of the houses Skip was accustomed to in New Orleans. In the past, an artist lived in the house using one side as his gallery; today, the artistic flair still abounds with a house filled with family pieces, some recklessly expensive purchases, and flea market finds.
The ceilings – flat, coved and open beamed – are 12 feet high. The sconces in the large gallery room are converted gas lamps, the dining room windows are six old Mercedes headlamps, and a fan window in the kitchen was salvaged from an old building. Metal grating found in the house when it was purchased was repurposed into its present-day use supporting the kitchen table and enhancing the stairways.
While the “tree house” bedroom loft is Skip’s favorite place in the house, his favorite part of the holiday season is sitting with a cocktail and a blanket on the front porch, looking in at the Christmas tree.