On October 3, we welcomed 295 people to our 2021 in-person tour, showcasing Covington’s West Side and Old Seminary Square neighborhoods
Sunday October 3 from 10:00am – 4:00 pm
Join us for an exclusive look into some of the most interesting homes in Covington’s West Side and Old Seminary Square neighborhoods. You will tour historic row houses, an 1860’s mansion, cool new apartments, and an in-progress renovation. Along the way, you’ll explore interesting streets, find hidden gardens and tucked-away parks, and discover one-of-a-kind businesses and restaurants.
Scroll down to see the properties and the tour route
Covington’s West Side was originally settled by working-class families, artisans and tradespeople. Today, the neighborhood’s 19th century row houses and modern infill are attracting investment and new residents eager to live in this thriving area.
The Old Seminary Square neighborhood is built on the site of the Western Baptist Theological Institute, which was dissolved in 1853. The streets are filled with well-kept homes in an assortment of styles.
Your tour begins at OKOTA, a beautiful event venue and wedding design hub. There you will pick up your tour booklet, map, wristband and gift bag before heading out to see the rest of our featured properties.
We have also put together an Insider’s Guide to the West Side: the best places to eat, drink, shop, and have fun. We look forward to showing you around!
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COVID Safety Measures
We will require masks to be worn inside the properties and we will regulate the number of visitors inside the homes at one time. We don’t anticipate any significant wait times to get into the properties, but we very much appreciate your patience and understanding if delays arise.
Here is our suggested route for the tour. It’s just over 1 mile of easy terrain.
The tour starts at OKOTA Wedding Design, 266 W. Pike St., Covington, KY.
Check in (or buy your tickets) on October 3 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This will give you time to go on the tour, which ends at 4:00 pm. We can’t wait to see you!
Movable walls create custom spaces: Built in 2009, the apartments in this complex are currently being updated with new flooring, lighting, cabinets and counters. They offer studio and 2-bedroom apartments, like the one on our tour. The unique features of this floorplan are the movable walls that allow residents to configure the space to suit … Continue reading Tour stop 2: Seminary Square Lofts
Historic decor with touches of fun: Walk through the original iron fence and enter a home that has been lovingly brought back to its original glory. Ceiling moldings, historically accurate wall colors and reproduction wallpaper and lighting create a charming setting in the front rooms. The back rooms are a bit more modern with witty … Continue reading Tour stop 3: 910 Russell St.
Well-traveled home: This 1865 home, one of four in a row, was probably built to house the engineers constructing the Roebling Bridge. After being partially reconstructed in the 1970’s, a spiral staircase was installed in the kitchen, providing quick access to what was the servant quarters and is now the bathroom and laundry room. Currently … Continue reading Tour stop 4: 127 W. Robbins St.
Historic with all the “mod cons”: This home is one of four in a row built in the late 1800’s. A 2009 fire gutted this home, as well as the entire third floor of the whole building, which was not able to be salvaged. Because not even the floors were left in this unit, the … Continue reading Tour stop 5: 1020 Russell St.
Two-family to open concept: The owners of this house moved here from Ft. Mitchell in February. The recently renovated home gave them the open concept living space they wanted, plus 2 floors of bedrooms, 3-1/2 beautiful bathrooms and a backyard perfect for entertaining. They love the high ceilings and stylish blend of historic and modern … Continue reading Tour stop 6: 230 Berry St.
Future all-star: This property gives you the opportunity to see a West Side home in its “before” state, pre-renovation. Stop by to see the detailed renovation plans and imagine how it will look when it’s done. In the new design, the entire first floor will be an open concept living (with gas fireplace), kitchen and … Continue reading Tour stop 7: 1124 Holman St.
Multi-purpose marvel: This pre-Civil War house was in rough shape when the current owners bought it. With a new addition on the back, they now have a cool space for their businesses (architecture and therapy), 2nd floor apartment and spacious roof deck. Be sure to look for the secret door in the apartment’s bedroom—it’s behind … Continue reading Tour stop 8: 324 MLK Blvd.
Better than new: Built in 1864, this former side-by-side duplex has been completely reimagined by Revival Designs and rebuilt. It now has a large, open great room with a well-equipped kitchen, first floor bedroom suite, half bath and laundry, with a second bedroom suite upstairs. Pale wood floors and large lights over the island set a … Continue reading Tour stop 9: 1104 Lee St.
Smart move: This stacked 2-family home has an owner-occupied apartment on the first floor with a 3-bedroom apartment that takes up the 2nd and 3rd floors. The late 1800’s house was built this way and the new owners consider it a smart investment, since the rent will pay for their mortgage. Each unit has a … Continue reading Tour stop 10: 1038 Lee St.
Contemporary take on a historic home: The modern exterior of this house, which is in the final stages of its renovation, provides a hint that the interior will be anything but ordinary. Climb the custom steel-and-wood staircase to explore the updated spaces. Keep an eye out for details like a cement counter in the master … Continue reading Tour stop 11: 1036 Lee St.
Serene gathering spaces: From the back yard to the third floor, this home is perfect for hosting the owners’ family gatherings of 15 people or more. Despite all the hubbub from lots of visitors, the rooms remain serene. Calm colors and carefully curated accessories create a relaxing backdrop for large parties, quiet evenings at home … Continue reading Tour stop 12: 306 W. Robbins St.
Minimalist marries maximalist: A pair of pink flamingos welcomes you to this 1880’s home, renovated by the Center for Great Neighborhoods. The couple who owns it has blended their individual design sensibilities to create a welcoming, personalized space. A shell of black and white forms the background for contemporary art (much of it by the … Continue reading Tour stop 13: 302 W. Robbins St.