Award for Most Interesting Conversation Piece: Michael and Kenya Long
Conversation pieces can take many forms — antiques, oddities, a signed wall of the house from the early 1900s, framed layers of wallpaper (as a testimony of what has been removed) and even strange hidey-holes.
Michael and Kenya Long have an entire wall. Not a wall up in the attic or one in the basement. This is the wall that separates the living room from the family room and cannot be missed.
Originally a log cabin built 200 years ago and moved from Mounds Park, the home has wood beams that lie behind much of the drywall. Left as a hallmark to history and a testimony to visitors are the uncovered beams that take center stage and add unusual character to the home.
Award for Exterior with the Most Character – Christopher and Marissa Mamazza
Not only am I taken with the historical flair of this home in downtown Anderson, but the Mamazzas were drawn to the house for the same reason. Christopher has been pouring his time and energy into renovating the interior to create the perfect atmosphere for his family.
“I just love the charm of the exterior,” he said. “It has so much character and architectural detail.”
Commissioned by Charles Harvey and Edna Tanner Rawlings in 1910, the home is a standout among the regal houses that line the historic street. During construction work, the family discovered travel books from 1911 and 1912. They also enjoyed a visit from the original owner’s grandson, who was a fount of information.
“I love history, so when he stopped by, it was like hitting the lottery,” added Christopher.
Award for Outstanding Landscaping – Mike and Kathy Harlan
The most unusual how-we-got-here story also resulted in the most extraordinary landscaping. Mike and Kathy Harlan bought their property because he wanted to build walls. But not just any walls — the perfect walls.