A True Victorian Home in Cherokee
Editor's Note : The following article describes one of the homes on the upcoming Tour of Homes in Cherokee
Built in 1892, this true Victorian house was completed near the end of the period. The original owner, W.D. Patterson, was an Agent for the railroad. He married Elizabeth Paterson and raised 5 children in the home, living here for nearly 35 years. The house has had four other previous owners, all having raised families here before Andy and Pamela Linn purchased the house in August of 2013.
The Linns were instantly taken with the charm of the home, and they have retained many original elements - such as woodwork and oak flooring throughout, the original entry door and staircase, a leaded glass window in the living room,a built-in China hutch in the dining room, and a rare keyhole stained glass window in the stairwell.
Since taking ownership, the Linns have removed wall-to-wall carpeting and sheet vinyl, which used to cover the entire main floor. They have also replaced missing spandrels in the entry and crown molding in the living and dining rooms, and refinished the sun porch floor. Several of the rooms in the home have been painted and heavy window treatments were removed to reveal more of the woodwork.
The Linns plan to use the house as a short-term vacation rental. They don't plan to do a full restoration to the original home, but it is important to them that any choices they make regarding improvements are made to enhance the original charm. The furnishings, a combination of new reproductions and antiques, have been selected to make guests feel invited and comfortable while highlighting the character of the home. Future plans include the addition of central air conditioning, restoration to the exterior, and landscaping.