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Breitweiser home final on Tri Kappa Tour

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The final home featured in the 2007 Tri Kappa annual home tour is the magnificent home of Dr. David and Nancy Breitweiser, located in the historic neighborhood on Meridian Street.

The three-story home was built in 1899 and was completely renovated 10 years ago by the Breitweisers, who did most of the renovations themselves.

Most of the home still displays the original woodwork and hardwood floors.

Besides the workmanship of the home, the most exciting parts are the antiques displayed throughout the entire home. Most of these antiques were brought to the home from David's parents' multiple bed and breakfasts.

The front sitting parlor has several items of rosewood furniture. The music room on the main floor has an 1870 Steinway square grand piano, a pump organ, candles and candle operas, lamps and a Mahogany empire side board.

In the walkway, an old Victorian hat rack and umbrella stand are displayed.

The dining area is mostly walnut and has a full plate rail displaying Haviland plates that were family heirlooms. These plates are also displayed in the kitchen.

An old picture of St. John is hanging in the dining area along with an old antique Hunt board that is one of David's favorite pieces.

The kitchen off of the dining room has also been remodeled, but the oven and warmer are original pieces along with built-in paper towel holders.

The kitchen cabinets are cherry and are also original.

Just off the kitchen is a sun porch with its original ceiling, that goes out to the back yard where the large back porch stands, built by the family.

Next, one goes upstairs to the second floor where the master bedroom stands. In the grand room is a Mahogany empire style bed with a cradle, which is one of the oldest pieces in the home, built in the 1840s and refinished by Nancy. This piece was even used by her children.

Then, one can visit the children's rooms. One has an old Murphy's bed that was used by the girls. Another spare room hosts an antique wardrobe and multiple pieces of walnut furniture. The bathroom on that floor has an interesting sink. The sink was originally a bedroom dresser and was then revamped by Nancy and made into a bathroom sink.

An antique claw foot tub can also been seen here.

As one heads toward the stairway to go up to the third floor, they pass through David's hunting room that displays his prize trophies. The third hosts a living area that doubles as the children's school area, where they are home-schooled by Nancy.

The oldest of the girls' bedrooms are also there, one room has a dormer window that has been added by the family.

The home is a home that is a very enjoyable visit.

Enjoy visiting the Breitweiser home on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1-5 p.m. along with the three other homes on display.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

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