The sellers wanted to keep their glass dining-room chandelier and the kitchen refrigerator. The buyer really needed the refrigerator.So we compromised,We Engrave plasticcard for YOU. Linda Kirby says. They got the chandelier, and I got the refrigerator.Best home siliconebracelet at discount prices.But Kirby thinks she really came out on top. The sellers mentioned the houses original chandelier was stashed in the homes attic, and the piece now hangs happily in the dining room,Design and order your own custom jewelrybeadswith personalized message and artwork. perfectly in sync, Kirby says, with the rest of the Fort Wayne homes pre-World War II period.
home on East Drive in the Northside neighborhood is that kind of place.
A solid, yellow brick-and-stone bungalow built as a retirement house in
1942 by Frank A. Kintz, a well-known Fort Wayne building contractor and
a founder and president of Old Fort Supply. The house isnt a mansion or
old enough to cause shivers to the history bone but, like many other
homes in the neighborhood, Kirbys is a house with character.
definite quirk, Kirby says, is a hat room the size of a coat closet that
opens just off the front door C complete with a lighted mirror and
built-in vanity.Thats what it says on the plans C hat room, says Kirby,
who bought the home in 1997 and is part of the neighborhoods upcoming
house and garden tour. Thats what everybody says C that theyve never
seen one before. But when you think about it, thats where you sat in
1942 to put on your hat and gloves before you went out C the hat room.
theres the telephone station, a built-in desk under a plaster archway
in a hall alcove that separates the kitchen from a bath and living
quarters that were once a first-floor bedroom.And then theres the
first-floor full bath C which is tiled floor to ceiling on all four
walls with cream-colored tile accented by deep maroon tile trim. The
floor is also tile, in an octagonal mosaic pattern.(Kintz) was in
building supply, he probably had access to (sales) reps and could get
whatever he wanted, Kirby says.
Not to mention the stairway to
the second floor, which is hidden behind a door, possibly because the
Kintzs wanted one-floor living, even though the upstairs holds two
bedrooms and a bath.A retired certified public accountant, Kirby says
shes hasnt touched any of the houses unusual features. But she has given
parts of the home a going-over.
Shes ripped up downstairs
carpet to reveal hardwood floors underneath and converted that
downstairs bedroom into a comfy family/media room hidden away from the
main living area.She also renovated the kitchen in 2009 with a new
floor, reconfigured layout, new countertops and cabinetry and an updated
sage-green wall color.
We took it down to the studs, she says
of the kitchen. I was a wreck. They started in mid-September and
finished in mid-November, and the refrigerator was in the garage for a
couple of weeks. I had to go out there to get my breakfast.
her traditional decorating style C spiked with family antiques C fits
the homes traditional contours.A carved Craftsman-style dining set, with
a side table decorated with examples of her grandmothers hand-painted
china, looks at home in a room with crown molding, two built-in wooden
corner cabinets and subtle,You've probably seen howotipper at some point. gold-embossed wallpaper.
carved walnut armoire, also her grandmothers, and a marble-topped
carved table from her fathers family, settle nicely into the living room
with its stone fireplace, traditional sofa and chairs, and a corner
harp, on which Kirby takes lessons.
Outside are extensive,
well-manicured front and back gardens filled with colorful geraniums,
coleus pants, vinca, impatiens and petunias in reds, white, pinks and
purples.Large hostas C she estimates the 3- to 4-foot-wide plants must
be at least 20 years old C line a landscape bed in the backyard that
backs up to a fancifully painted garage, giving the yard a quaint New
The plants are tended by Lindas companion, Jerry
Hertenstein, a retired newspaper journalist whos also contributed oil
and acrylic paintings to Kirbys collection.Kirby says she likes living
in the Northside neighborhood, which this year celebrates the 100th
anniversary of its platting, because of its convenience to downtown, its
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