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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.

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