The Perfect Fit
A historic home in a historic city neighborhood proved just right for the Burke family.
(page 3 of 4)
The couple appreciates the big, open kitchen and adjoining breakfast area. An exposed brick wall serves as a gallery for mementoes, including a collection of African wood masks, crossed sabers from Spain and the sword carried by Harold’s father in the Marine Corps.
A spiral staircase of welded steel provides a sculptural element, as well as access to the back half of the second story.
The third floor has been transformed into an open, airy family room, with a big screen television and framed vintage posters of jazz greats, including John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald. It’s the perfect place to relax and listen to music, says Harold, who is president of the local chapter of the Council of Jazz Advocates.
“I like Miles Davis best of all, also Delaware’s own Clifford Brown,” he muses.
“I love being up on the third floor while it is snowing,” Joanne says. “The view is spectacular.”
Outdoors, there is a sylvan back yard where Rose of Sharon and crape myrtle burst into pink blossoms each summer. There’s a small deck for al fresco dining.
While the rear garden is a private sanctuary, the front porch is a place for socializing. Big white rockers invite neighbors to come and sit a spell and enjoy the open air. Former residents of the house will occasionally stop by to exchange fond memories. “We sit out and people will come and chat,” Joanne says. “Front porches are very friendly.”
Page 4: The Perfect Fit, continues...