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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Historic “Storybook House” on Hawthorne Hits the Market

By Jessie Stringfield-Eden

If you’ve been a Fort Thomas resident for awhile, chances are you’ve heard of the “Storybook House” on Hawthorne. This unique, historic house, which has been the home of several renowned artists, is once again on the market.

The unusual home, built in 1923 by artist Julian Bechtold as his summer home, features large, open rooms with plenty of space to create and several murals and reliefs on the interior walls which tell several stories. In 1955, Bechtold passed away but before he passed, he asked his sister Laura to give the house to an artist in order to continue the home’s legacy. In the 1960s-70s, Laura awarded the house to Michael Skop and his family. Skop, an artist specializing in sculpture who trained extensively and worked throughout Europe, was teaching at Southern Connecticut State College at the time. Skop worked hard to renovate the home and created an open space for local artists called “Studio 70”.

In 2012, Skop’s son, Damien, purchased the home with hopes to bring it back to its former glory...but due to a job opportunity in Chicago, Damien and his family have decided to put the house on the market and relocate to Chicago.

Listed for $390k, this 3 bedroom / 2 bath Tudor style home sits on a 1.23 acre lot. The home itself has been renovated a little and includes a new roof and a new driveway. It is a lovely blank slate for its next ‘Artist’.

Additionally, there are 4.87 acres surrounding the house which are also for sale for $350k. Potential buyers can contact Jason Arnold with EXP Realty. View the full listing here.

Interested in the full history of this amazing home? Check out our article from 2014.

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1 comment:

  1. I grew up in Fort Thomas...I'm 70 now and I admit I miss that town.