Honoring Yesterday With a Brighter TomorrowObelisk Home
This past month we took part in a designer showcase house for the Mccune Brooks Foundation. The foundation provides financial support for health organizations in the community of Carthage Missouri, with the showcase house specifically raising money for the Pink Ribbon Mammogram Program. Participating in causes like these is a significant part of our company’s mission, and we’re honored to have a role in this amazing project.
The 1881 Italiante was built my J.A. Mitchell, president of Bank of Carthage. The 2 story brick home was occupied by a single family for many decades until it was donated by the family to the Mccune Brooks Foundation. When we were asked to take part in a designer showcase, we were excited about honoring the home’s history while at the same time making it usable for modern use.
Every decision Nathan Taylor and the design team made for the home was based on the home’s history. We wanted to get every detail right and go beyond just creating pretty rooms. The end result was beyond what anyone could have imagined it would be.
The house was built to entertain a formal lifestyle. The main floor has a large formal living room that was originally divided into two sitting areas. Across the foyer from the living room is a formal dinning room, separated from the kitchen by a narrow butler’s pantry. We were assigned to design these three main living spaces. One of the most dramatic changes we made to the layout of the house was turning the oversized formal living room into a great room by moving the dining room into there. This was our way of creating an “open floor plan” for the way most families live today. The old dining room became the gathering room.