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151 Oak Park Road

151 Oak Park Road

Home of Dick & Kathy Klick

This Spanish Colonial house, an unusual style for Observatory Hill, was built in 1923 for Edward Heer, a banker. The architect was Robert M. Trimble. With its traditional layout, large sun porch, and separate chauffeur's quarters, it's a charming reminder of gracious living in times gone by. The original architectural drawings—a fascinating resource— are on display in the dining room.

Dick and Kathy Klick bought the house in 2005 after attending the Acorn Hill Block Party with their daughter and son-in-law, Kerry and Stephen Connell. They love the neighborhood, and the house is a way to stay close to their grandchildren at the other end of Norwood Avenue. The Klicks recently hired Derek Morgan to restore the sun porch; the magnificent windows are original. Be sure to check out the original glass doors throughout the first floor, and note the built-in cabinets in the dining room. The charming breakfast nook is a favorite spot.

Kathy decorated most of the house with a mix of new furniture and pieces from antique boutiques. Dick's basement game room, which includes a fireproof vault, evokes the aesthetics of the 1950s. In fact, the kitchen and both bathrooms were also remodeled in the '50s. Otherwise, most of the house is original, including the trim, the floors, the fireplaces, and the chandelier in the dining room. The Klicks particularly love the built-in cabinetry in the upstairs hallway closets---don't miss it!

On the second floor, two guest rooms and a master suite provide ample space. The master bedroom features a small adjoining room that originally functioned as a nursery. The third floor was originally the living quarters for the maid. Today, one side serves as an attic, and the other is a guest room featuring period-correct "waterfall" furniture.