When Dr Albin C. Whitworth was about to leave his Lexington home, he knew he wanted to look for accommodation in the Hunting Creek neighborhood of Prospect – after all, he had lived in the neighborhood years ago. .
“I immediately looked here because I loved living here,” he said. “This is the third house [in the area that I’ve owned]. I actually put a down payment on another house… I knew this one was available, but it was more than I thought I had to pay. Eventually we got together on a prize, and it was perfect for me.
Whitworth only had two requirements for his new, smaller house, one of which was a first floor setup that could be used as a bedroom if needed.
“This house has one full bathroom on the first floor and two full bathrooms upstairs,” he explained, adding that most of the other townhouses in the area only have one bathroom. of water at the bottom. “I can use this den as a bedroom if I need to.” I don’t want to, but you know I’m 82.
Despite his age, Whitworth remains busy. As a music teacher, organist and composer, having a place to put his Steinway grand piano was the second prerequisite for his new home – and the space next to a large picture window in the living room was a perfect spot. . Since he got rid of his second piano, as well as a lot of furniture before the move, all his belongings fit perfectly into his new reduced space.
“All of this did not just happen; it has been handpicked over the years, ”he said. “Then when [my wife] Katie died and I had to downsize, I tried to decide what I could live without and what I really wanted to keep.
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“This porcelain was my wife’s grandparents porcelain,” said Whitworth, referring to the formal place settings on the dining room table. “The silver service was also that of his grandmother.
The paintings in this room, like most artwork throughout the house, are pieces that he and Katie picked up on their travels. The one with special meaning, called “The Holy Night”, hangs over the fireplace in the living room.
“I bought [it] in an antique store… in Europe, ”Whitworth said. “It’s a copy, and the original is in the Dresden Art Museum. The guy who painted it painted for the Vatican. The interesting thing is that a lot of Christmas cards were made [with that painting printed on them], and my friends will find them and send them to me afterwards.
Whitworth has a large collection of these Christmas cards, along with countless other works of art on just about every wall in the house.
“These are all cathedrals we’ve been to in Europe,” he said of the multiple paintings, prints and sketches framed in the hallway. “Versailles has the Hall of Mirrors – we have the Hall of Cathedrals,” he added, laughing.
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Whitworth’s Lexington home measured over 7,000 square feet and included a large backyard with a swimming pool. He wanted to make sure his new home would require less maintenance while still retaining outdoor space. The back patio of his townhouse is a perfectly sized green space, with just enough room for gardens along the walls.
“It’s like living in a park,” he said as he opened his back door to the Hunting Creek Country Club golf course. “It was all done in the 1950s, and the mature trees are just beautiful. “
Within the courtyard walls, Whitworth planted everything from daylilies and roses to irises and azaleas. The area is also adorned with enough seating for more than a dozen people, as well as several fountains, plaques, and other statues. Some of the accents are engraved with quotation marks, but Whitworth carries another – attribution unknown – on a small piece of paper in his pocket.
“Never underestimate the healing power of a quiet moment in the garden,” he reads. “Isn’t that wonderful? We all need some healing power these days.
The Whitworth House and Garden will be open for viewing during the 2021 Kilgore Gardens Tour.
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Visiting Kilgore Garden
WHAT: The 2021 Kilgore Garden Tour features six of Louisville’s most remarkable gardens, as well as the interiors of two homes. Proceeds from the self-guided tour provide support to the Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center for those who are unable to afford the full counseling fee.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 12-13
OR: The tour can start at any of the six addresses listed.
TICKETS: Tickets cost $ 35 for adults and $ 5 for children. Tickets can be purchased online, at any garden on the day of the tour, or at one of the off-site locations: Second Presbyterian Church (weekdays only), St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church (weekdays only), St. Matthews Feed and Seed, Digs, European Splendor or Secret Garden.
MORE INFORMATION: Visit kilgorecounseling.org/home-garden-tour/the-tour/ for more information, full descriptions of the gardens and to purchase tickets.
nuts and bolts
Owner: Dr Albin C. Whitworth. He is a music teacher, organist and composer.
Home: This is a 3,000 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3 bath Georgian / Colonial style townhouse built in 1974 in Prospect.
Distinctive elements: Spacious rooms; two fireplaces; built-in libraries, Charleston-style courtyard backing onto Hunting Creek Country Club golf course; marble fireplace; hardwood floors; art purchased on many trips to Europe; Steinway grand piano; antique formal porcelain cutlery; garden filled with daylilies, roses, irises, azaleas and more, as well as enough seating for more than a dozen people, as well as several fountains, plaques and other statues.
Applause! Applause! Whitworth would like to thank: “Tim Minks and Walt Ostertag for doing all that I cannot do, and my twin sons and their wives for their tremendous help in so many ways – for which I will be eternally grateful. “