Tuesday, July 18, 2006

August Meeting Announcement

BHHA's August 15 meeting at the Henry W. Sweet House will begin at 6:00 PM.
Please join us for a sneak preview of this remarkable home's restoration.
David Nichols will be on hand to answer questions about the property, the work he and his family are doing, and plans for this area landmark.
Also, Robert Gamble, senior architectural historian for the Alabama Historical Commission and author of The Alabama Catalog: Historic American Buildings Survey : A Guide to the Early Architecture of the State and Historic Architecture in Alabama: A Guide to Styles and Types, 1810-1930 will be at the meeting.
Photo courtesy of The Bessemer Hall of History.

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Hanna Home (1987)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hanna's home at 108 Waverly Circle is the newest in Lakewood.
The Georgian style home was built in 1987. It is located on a double lot that preserves many of the original hardwood trees of the area and is accented by attractive landscaping. The 4 bedroom, 2 1⁄2 bath home has large, spacious rooms. The main level has 9 foot ceilings with attractive crown moldings and chair rails in most of the rooms.

The Perry Home (1927)

One of the original seven Lakewood homes, this classic English Tudor was built in 1927. The house located at 4010 Lakewood Drive sits on 5 acres overlooking the lake and meadow. The 6,000 square foot house underwent major renovations in 1985 when it was purchased by Debby and Emmett Godfrey. The original hardwood and Italian tile floors and exposed ceiling beams contribute to the charm of this old beauty.

The W. H. Lewis Home (1927)

This Prairie style home at 4026 Lakewood Drive was the first home built in Lakewood. Original owner, W. H. Lewis, was was a civic leader, President of the First National Bank of Bessemer, and founder of Lakewood Estates.
The home is currently being renovated by David Smith.
Upon entering, the grandness of the house is seen in its gracious floor plan, lovely staircase, and original walnut doors and trim. The property overlooks the lake and has a breathtaking view. The house has approximately 6400 square fee and has had two additions since it was built.
Refreshments and restrooms are available at the house during the Lakewood Home Tour.

The Kuchins Home (1929)

One of Lakewood Estates' original homes, this classic Tudor at 4050 Lakewood Drive was built in 1929 for Charles R. Kuchins. Kuchins was a state bank examiner and son-in-law of W. H. Lewis.
Unique iron details are found throughout the house on doors, banisters, and railings. There are lovely arched doorways with original doors. An Italian tile fireplace is the focal point of the living room The home also features a large renovated kitchen.
Clay and Ally Leonard are the current owners.