AT HOME IN RACINE: A Historic Federalist Makes A Cozy Family Home

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Holly & Scott

I legit could not wait to cross the threshold of one of my favorite houses in Racine. And Holly is the best. So welcoming and accommodating of my inappropriate fervor over her house. When she met me at the door she made a little joke about not expecting too much (yeah right) and I had to admit that I was familiar with the interiors from some real estate photos posted several years ago. Yup. Creepy. And she still let me in!

The house itself is grand, with eleven foot ceilings (Give or take a foot. I’m bad at estimating) and molding everywhere and original 1860s charm and detail busting out of every corner. But the decor is cozy with a casual family vibe. Personal details are peppered tastefully, allowing the house to really speak for itself.

An official plaque in the house notes that the house was most likely built in 1869 for Rev. John Elmendorf, Professor of Intellectual Philosophy and English Literature at Racine College (Currently The DeKoven Center). And the house reads like an annex to that beloved Racine institution. It’s made of the same Cream City Brick and the staircase in the foyer looks like those you find in the buildings at DeKoven. Everywhere you look… a lust worthy doorknob a leaded glass something or a floor that transports you to a time when materials were easy to come by and meticulously installed.

My only regret is that I didn’t leave anything behind as a ruse to return. Rookie move.

 

It’s hard to tell how gigantic that mirror in the corner is in this photo but it is massive and amazing and from former Racine institution, Porters. I mean?… History on history on history.
#gaurdfish

This sunroom was added in the 20s and is the family’s favorite hangout spot for obvious reasons.
Close-up of that 1920s sunroom floor. So great.

These black iron covers on the buffet are from two fireplaces in the house. The family found one in the basement when they moved in and a woman stopped by with the other saying she thought it came from the house. It’s a perfect match.

The table runner was Scott’s great grandmother’s and it’s from Sweden. That’s what it’s all about, people. Style tips from the ancestors.

Thanks again to the very trusting Holly and Scott for indulging me with a tour!

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  1. Angela, This is so fantastic! Thank you! I almost cancelled our visit because I’d spent the night before in the hospital with my grandfather and the both me and the house were kind of a wreck. I’m so glad I didn’t! I’m so glad we have this to add to the history of this grand old gal we call home! ❤️

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