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28 Garvin Street

28 Garvin Street

Home of Bonny Kwoleck & Jeff Wagner

This attractive and substantial house was built in 1928 on the edge of a large plan of homes that was never finished—probably because of the beginning of the Great Depression. As a result, the house presides over a secluded, pastoral setting. Bonny and Jeff bought the house in 2006, and they've been making renovations on their own since then. They looked at more than 200 houses during their search, and it took them just five minutes to decide on this one. It's easy to see why.

All of the woodwork is original, and Bonny and Jeff have been careful to remain true to the 1928 design of the interior spaces. Replacement windows blend perfectly with the remaining originals. The grandfather clock in the entryway is a prized recent acquisition, and the wicker settee in the living room is from Bonny's grandfather's photography studio. Look around for the many photos of family members seated on
this very piece.

The kitchen has undergone an extensive renovation. It took them two years, but the owners have achieved a look that dates between 1920 and 1945. Bonny designed the cabinets and had them built by Amish carpenters in New Wilmington. The magnificent Chambers stove is the focal point of this room.

In the bathroom, note the retiled floor and the Amish-built medicine cabinet. A bedroom and Jeff's studio both feature spectacular views, and another bedroom is quiet and dark—a perfect place to feel like you're miles from the city. In the future, Bonny and Jeff plan to finish the attic to take advantage of the breathtaking view.