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Neo-Victorian house built with ‘golden years’ in mind

September 7, 2009

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An interior view of the Lechtenberg's neo-Victorian home on Barker Street in east Lawrence.

An interior view of the Lechtenberg's neo-Victorian home on Barker Street in east Lawrence.

An exterior view of Michael and Pat Lechtenberg’s  neo-Victorian home on Barker Street in east Lawrence.

An exterior view of Michael and Pat Lechtenberg’s neo-Victorian home on Barker Street in east Lawrence.

The neo-Victorian on Barker Street could pass for a century-old residence. But looks can be deceiving, and the homeowners like it that way.

Pat and Michael Lechtenberg had a few priorities when they designed their 1997 home, featured on this week’s “Home and Away.”

“We wanted to stay on the east side of Lawrence and keep a Barker Street address,” says Pat Lechtenberg, a Master Gardener, of the couple who raised their family just four blocks away in a home they shared for 27 years.

The home, with its expansive and welcoming front porch, is situated on a lot and a half, ample space to indulge Lechtenberg’s green thumb. Striking purple spiderwort adorn the front walkway, a black gum tree is home to a family of red birds, and soldier-straight sky pencil hollies flank the front porch entry.

The front rooms consist of a parlor and dining room, an expansive space that can be combined to accommodate large family gatherings. Custom-built china cabinets, a buffet and twin niches adorn this room, and traditional furniture is offset by modern artwork.

Eclectic lighting features throughout the home are reflective of the third-generation family-owned business, ES Lighting, located nearby.

Patriarch Michael Lechtenberg provided much of the home’s labor-intensive handiwork. With an eye toward accommodating their “golden years,” the couple incorporated a one-level living arrangement, multiple double doors and easy-to-maintain concrete siding into their home’s plan.

“Home and Away” premieres at 6:30 p.m. Mondays on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 and replays throughout the week.

Comments

Pywacket 4 years, 7 months ago

Glad to see this home featured and to read the story behind it. I watched with curiosity and admiration as it was being built. With so many people always bagging on the east side, it was heartening to see that someone was investing time, love, and money in a beautiful home that should help raise pride and values in the neighborhood.

It's also wonderful that someone with the money to build a premium home would do so on ground that had already been staked out by humans for a century or so, rather than displacing wildlife in a new development, which more often happens.

Kudos to the Lechtenbergs!

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