Saturday! Local Architects’ House Tour benefits Habitat for Humanity, provides Insider view to grand homes



Six of Louisville’s most artistic and grand homes will be open to the public tomorrow, Sept. 21 for theAmerican Institute of Architects Central Kentucky Chapter Annual House Tour.

The tour is a fundraiser benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.

The architects will be present at each home to discuss the owners’ requests and the architectural design solutions, according to a news release.

The tour is highlighted by the German + Carter residence on Eastern Parkway.

Located in a dense urban neighborhood developed in the 1930’s, the replacement house aligns with the former foundation footprint, according to the release.

From the release:

The owners pursued an open, airy, light filled space. Since local building codes require no openings on the west façade, limited walls and a major skylight helped to facilitate the owners’ requests. The north elevation, with its fully glazed window walls, invites the pleasant surrounding cityscape deep into the house.

The 2013 AIA CKC House Tour features the following homes and architects:

  1. Cheatham Residence,  Norton Commons, 9106 Blazing Star Lane, Prospect

        Architect: Greg Burrus, AIA

  1. Collier Residence, 323 Jarvis Lane, Louisville

        Architect: Mary Jackson, AIA

Carter + Home on Eastern Parkway near Bardstown Road.

German + Carter Residence on Eastern Parkway near Bardstown Road.

  1. German + Carter Residence, 1824 Eastern Pkwy, Louisville

        Architect: Michael Koch, AIA

  1. Gregory Residence, 2001 Winston Ave, Louisville

    Architect: Anne Del Prince, AIA

  1. Donley Residence, 5229 Rollingwood Trail, Louisville

        Architect: Scott Kremer, AIA

  1. Habitat for Humanity Home, 1692 Harold Ave, Louisville, KY

Architect: Marty Merkel, AIA

 The final stop, the Habitat for Humanity Home, is sponsored by the AIA CKC organization.

Sponsorships, fundraisers and volunteered physical labor are making this home a reality for a family, according to the release. (Habitat builds affordable, inexpensive to maintain homes for selected families, who also get no-interest mortgages.)

The architect will be available to discuss the architectural design using Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) principles and their impact on energy costs and quality of life.

 The AIA CKC Annual House Tour is from 1 p.m.  to 6 p.m. p.m.

Proceeds from all ticket sales will go directly to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.  Tickets are available for purchase online and will be available at each of the six homes on the day of the tour for $15.00 each or $10.00 each when purchased in groups of ten.  Additional tour and ticket information and can be found online here.

About AIA CKC: The Central Kentucky Chapter is the oldest of AIA Kentucky’s chapters.  Established on February 3, 1908, this chapter has always been headquartered in Louisville, with AIA members throughout the central, southern, and western regions of Kentucky.  The House Tour was initiated in the 1980’s to promote architectural design and to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  For more information, please visit

About Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry that builds simple and affordable homes in partnership with those in need of decent housing.  Families purchase the houses at no profit, through interest-free loans.  Families also invest hundreds of hours of their own “sweat-equity” labor into their houses.  Their monthly mortgage payments help fund the construction of more houses.  The Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville affiliate began in 1985.  Since then, over 5,000 volunteers have worked alongside families to complete more than 370 Habitat homes in Louisville, Kentucky.  For more information, please visit

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