house not seen on the tour since 1984 is the home of Phil and Casey
Nager at 126 West Prospect Street. This Princess Anne style home, built
in 1898, was built by Dr. Starr Church and his bride, Cora Stuart. Dr.
Church’s father owned the home that is now occupied by Sherman Realtors.
The house was originally built with just four rooms on each floor and
int the 1920's the kitchen and sleeping porch were added. The house was
built with running water, a bathroom, electricity, combination of gas
and electric lighting, phone lines and central heating. Changes to the
house include adding the French doors and the narrow-strip oak flooring
in the 1920's and the original light fixtures were removed.
The major change the Nagers have made to the home is moving the kitchen
from what had originally been the dining room to the back of the house.
They found parts and pieces of the original kitchen cupboards in the
carriage house and used them to build the kitchen worktables and
replace woodwork. Some minor changes include the picket fence,
replacing the porch and garage foundations, replacing aluminum storms
with wood storm windows and endless painting.
Information people may want to know about the house: the plaster walls
are original except in the dining room; only the entrance hall is
oak...everything else was either poplar or southern yellow pine
painted; although the fireplace originally was wood-burning the owners
installed a gas burner for safety reasons; almost all the door/window
hardware is original and the frieze in the front hall is stenciling,
using a design copied from lampshades the owners found. Casey started
the project just before the 1984 Home Tour and will finally finish it
for the 2006 Home Tour!
Family antiques to look for in the home include the dining room buffet,
high chair, child’s rocker, adult’s rocker, violin, cello, barrister
bookcase, china and antique tools. You’ll also see some photographs
taken by their daughter, jessica (an archeologist and professor at
DePauw University) while studying in Europe and the Middle East; model
ships collected by Phil; and bunnies collected by Casey.