Clinton-Hardy House will retain its original architecture and style | Home & Garden


“You look at the arched doors, the moldings around the ceiling, the hardwood floors, even the windows, which are all original,” she said. “You can see the slight ripples where the glass has sagged over time, which glass would do a hundred years ago. And it’s still there, which tells you something about the quality of work that has gone into this house.

“When a home is listed on the National Registry, there is nothing homeowners can do on the outside that is not consistent with the original design,” Fox said. “They can do whatever they want inside. But it’s telling, I think, that over the years the owners of this home have gone out of their way to preserve the character of the original design.

This does not mean that the house has not been renovated. The roof was replaced and a modern HVAC system was installed – a system with individual thermostats in each of the four bedrooms, so occupants can heat or cool their rooms as they please.

One of the owners, Fox said, was a skilled chef. The home kitchen therefore includes a six-burner gas range, double ovens with an additional warming drawer, a pantry with a large wine cooler, and custom cherry wood cabinetry.

The ground floor also comprises the grand entrance hall, with a grand staircase and a curved oak banister, the dining room and the main living room, with a pink marble fireplace (the marble has been selected to match one that was used in the original Clinton National Union Bank), as well as two smaller rooms, one serving as a casual dining room, the other overlooking the carriage porch above the driveway to the house (another non-Georgian touch that, like the front door to New Orleans, Mrs. Clinton wanted her house to have).

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