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May 9, 2013
A Century of Stylish Urban Living
Built at the same time as our current Capitol building, The Baskerville sits just off the Square at 121 S. Hamilton St. This weekend, the Neoclassical Revival-inspired complex celebrates its centennial anniversary by opening its doors and offering tours of several of its residential condos.
It’s an event manager Samantha Crownover is calling the “Tour of the Century”—an opportunity to learn about the building’s history and also get some design inspiration.
Since its 1913 construction, The Baskerville has undergone numerous renovations and updates and has been home to a variety of residents—perhaps most notably famed creative Orson Welles. Though it started off with twenty-six apartments, The Baskerville now includes nineteen single bedrooms, two double bedrooms, and one efficiency. Because residents own their condos, each unit has been customized to fit the needs of its owners.
Marguerite and Tom, for example, merged two spaces to make one long area, expanding to now occupy the entire length of one of the building’s sides. They’ve maximized the rooms by adding custom touches, such as a cutting board that covers the sink when not in use, and cutouts for artwork. The use of antique pieces and a chandelier over the dining table make for a sophisticated elegance that complement the building’s heritage. The pair has worked to keep many of the structure’s original details, including the maple flooring found throughout.
Upstairs, Kerryann and Josh have taken a different approach, opting to recreate a 1900s feel with new materials—modern, but in character. Additions include raw maple flooring with a natural finish and an Amish-crafted kitchen counter paired with Stickley Furniture stools. Kerryann says that the building’s prime location allows them to really take advantage of the city. Still, if they don’t feel like painting the town, they can gaze out their bedroom windows and view city scenes from above.
Andrew and Liz occupy a one bedroom space on the lowest level. With a street view where cyclists whiz by on the sidewalk, only their tires and feet visible, the space is easily a part of the downtown action. A cool blue paint job on the cabinetry pairs perfectly with the kitchen’s stainless steel appliances, while spot lighting and fun art in the living area keep the space feeling young.
The top two floors are dedicated to property owners Dave and Inez Baskerville. Their penthouse suite, which will also be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, features a mix of contemporary and classic pieces, from a murphy bed to translucent dining tables. A spiral staircase leads to the upper level where a deck with a garden and views of the capitol wraps the exterior.
While admission to the tour is free, donations will be accepted and shared with four organizations: Rubin for Kids, Porchlight, Japan International Volunteer Center and The Baskerville Preservation Fund.
The open house takes place Friday, May 10 from 4–7 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. For more information, visit thebaskervillecondos.com.