May 23, 2008

My New Place

By Daniel

Isn’t that the most ridiculous thing you’ve seen in your life? Maybe not, but considering it’s me? Thought so. Here’s a little history lesson for you, the Bernheim Mansion (above, obv.)

This fine example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture was built in 1893 and contains over 8,000 square feet of exotic woods and interesting woodwork. This home is built of stone and its main exterior feature is a stunning triple archway entry. The interior centers around a curved stairwell crowned with stained glass windows.

Early owners were Mr. W.W. Hite (1893) of the Louisville and Evansville Mail Company. By 1899, the house passed to Bernard Bernheim of the Bernheim Distilling Company, whose many charities include the Louisville Park System and the Jefferson Memorial Statue.

So I live in an 8,000 sq. ft. crib. Sweet deal. Of course the whole place isn’t mine, I’m actually living in what was the kitchen (the fact that the kitchen is large enough to comfortably live in speaks volumes). Hardwood in the bedroom, the living room and kitchen have the original 1893-era tile, bathroom’s completely remodeled. I get the feeling this will be the nicest place I will live in for the foreseeable future.