Rescued from an ugly addition, this row house has been brought back to life.
The members of the Ludlow Historic Society had their eyes on the property for some time. It’s one of five 135-year-old connected houses on Ludlow’s main drag, Elm Street. In the 1960’s someone had added an awkward addition to the front of this unit and used it as an ice cream stand. The Historic Society members knew they could turn it into something truly special.
The current owner, Cameron Williams, got involved with the project fairly early on. This meant he got to make many of the design decisions and you can see his fun personality reflected in every room. Visitors are delighted by quirky details like the knobs on the kitchen cabinets, the coveted signs in the hearth room and the tiny sink and unusual towel holder in the powder room.
The wall on the stairway landing is covered in wallpaper that was revealed during the renovation. Saving it was a nod to the home’s past. Cam updated it with his collection of whimsical faux animal heads.
Cam says that living in this house during quarantine is the best scenario he could have imagined. He has a home office, with a desk that he built, and highly personal living spaces where he and his dog, Red, can hang out. Going out his front door, he can either walk to get a coffee and carryout or hop on his bike and take a ride along the river.
This home is a treasure trove of clever design ideas that have turned the once ugly row house into a showplace.