Join us to explore the up-and-coming neighborhood of Latonia in Covington.

Presented by the Catalytic Fund

Sunday October 2 from 10:00am – 4:00 pm

Join us for an exclusive look into some of the most interesting homes in Latonia. Along the way, you’ll explore interesting streets, find hidden gardens and tucked-away parks, and discover one-of-a-kind businesses and restaurants.

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Founded in 1896, Latonia was an independent city until is was annexed by Covington in 1909. The 1883 opening of Latonia Racetrack accelerated growth in the area. Latonia has retained its independent identity and many residents continue to use Latonia (instead of Covington) as their mailing address–113 years after the annexation!

Your tour begins at The Roost, a fun, vintage-inspired coffee shop and event space. 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 Latonia: the best places to eat, drink, shop, and have fun. We look forward to showing you around!

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REGISTRATION AREA: The Roost Latonia, 3616 Decoursey Ave.

Start your tour at The Roost Latonia. It’s the neighborhood gathering spot that’s part coffee shop, part cocktail hour, part vintage treasure trove. Browse your way to our Registration Area to pick up your tour booklet, wrist band and swag bag.

Tour Stop #2: 3439 Decoursey Ave.

The 1890’s building has been many things, most recently Tim’s Trains & Hobbies. The new owner is considering different business ideas for the first floor. In the meantime, she is renovating the second floor as a residence and it’s shaping up nicely. She partitioned the space into a central gathering spot, three bedrooms and two baths. A true bargain hunter, many of the materials she is using are repurposed from other projects or were bought on deep discount. This eclectic style is both inviting and adaptable. Keep an eye on this building for exciting new developments.

Tour Stop #3: 122 E. 36th St.

Inspired by online images of rooms, color schemes and décor, the owner of this attractive bungalow has created a comfortable home that feels masculine but not severe. One of the exterior changes he made with the help of handy relatives is enclosing wrought iron posts with wood Craftsman-style columns. They also renovated the bathroom and stripped the French doors, leaving them bare for a rustic-chic look.

Tour Stop #4: 215 E. 36th Street

This two-family house displays its New Orleans influences on the exterior. The first floor apartment is open for the tour and is a pretty, updated space (with a baby grand in the entry). The real wow is the backyard, with its wisteria-covered seating area, brick fireplace with pizza oven, outdoor kitchen and enchanting two-level pond, deep enough for a soak. 

Tour Stop #5: 501 E. Southern Ave.

This house was built by James Earl, the only mayor of Latonia (which was a city for only 14 years). The young family who owns it bought it from people who stabled horses in the garage and rode them in the valley at the back of the property. The home has beautiful Victorian features, including a wraparound porch with a turret, curved stained glass window, chandeliers that were once lit by gas and beautiful wood floors, doors and staircase. Although the second floor is closed for the tour, climb the steps to see the lovely floral mural that has recently been painted. The dining room has an 11’ long pew providing seating for a custom-built table. The blend of historic details with midcentury furniture, enlivened by the accoutrements of a busy family, give this home a casual, welcoming vibe.

Tour Stop #6: 212 E. Southern Ave.

This house will inspire your imagination from the moment you open the beautiful interior front door. The property is coming on the market soon and has lots of cool features, including four Rookwood fireplaces and an updated kitchen with granite counters. There is a bedroom and full bath on the first floor and five bedrooms on the second floor. As you’ll see, at one point the second floor was a separate apartment. On the third floor you’ll see more usable space, as well as layers of wallpaper that take you back in time. The artwork bringing color and beauty to the walls is all for sale and was done by members of the NKY Public Arts Network. The possibilities for this house are very exciting.

Tour Stop #7: 3831 Decoursey Ave.

If you love blues music, you may already have visited this converted church. Owned by the nonprofit Band of Helping Hands, it’s used primarily as a performance space for fundraising concerts featuring blues and bluegrass luminaries. The building is occasionally used as a living space, as you’ll see from the kitchen, bed and outdoor seating area. The vibe is that of a cool blues bar, with velvet theater seats (rescued from Music Hall), moody lighting and professional sound system set up in the stage area. Be sure to look above the stage for some familiar figures peering down from their private box. This property is a great example of creative reuse of an interesting building — hopefully you’ll be able to come back for a show.

Tour Stop #8: 3917 Church Street

Built in the 1930’s in the style of a Sears house, the current owners bought it in 2020. It had been recently renovated, so all they had to do was infuse it with their personal style. The colors are punchy and the floorplan suits their young family. Lighthearted touches like the hand painted animals in the 2nd floor play area display the artistic talent in the household. The third floor serves as a studio and workspace for the owner, who also owns the Handzy and Gumdrop shops in MainStrasse.

The exclusive sponsors of this property are Rebecca Weber and Shawn Masters with Comey & Shepherd Realtors. We are very grateful for their support!

Tour Stop #9: 3715 Winston Ave.

This mixed-use property was originally Flake’s Hardware and most recently a blues bar called Mahogany’s. On the first floor, you’ll see a beautiful tin ceiling and a stunning late 1800’s back bar that was rescued from an old Covington café. The upstairs apartment, although it’s in fairly rough shape at the moment, has promising assets, including a simple Rookwood fireplace, glassed-in porch and three bedrooms. There’s a ton of potential for this building to once again become a community gathering spot.

Tour Stop #10: Birdie’s Sweet Tea House & Inn, 3611 Decoursey Ave.

You’ll be greeted by a pair of large, friendly mice as you step onto the porch of what is known locally as “the mansion.” This lovely house offers rentable gathering space in the living and dining rooms, catering out of the commercial kitchen and guest rooms for visitors. Our tour will include an in-progress two-story suite with an artist’s atelier upstairs.