Check out this grand old Colonial Revival-style Post Office in Paintsville, Kentucky, which was transformed into a private family home. Sarah Belhasen, who collects Americana, was searching for “a house with character” ten years ago when she saw that the old bank in her hometown was for sale. She couldn’t resist the challenge of preserving it, so she bought it for $162,000 and went to work.
During the reno, they not only found undelivered mail but secret passageways behind the walls that the postmaster used to keep an eye on his employees without being seen in the days before surveillance videos.
The kitchen is absolutely massive. That ladder is not just for looks!
As tall as these ceilings look, they were originally 16-feet high. They were brought down 2 feet to conceal pipes and conserve energy.
The two-story library was inspired by the one Henry Higgins had in My Fair Lady (love that!):
But my favorite refurbished space has to be the “Garden Room:”
I think it’s great that she rescued this old building and gave it a second life. Not many people would take on a challenge this big, or be willing to live in the middle of a business district. For more photos and information–and the floorplan!–you can read the entire article at This Old House. (Thanks to Jacqueline for telling me about it!)