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River City Living: Rescued Rowhouse in Ludlow

The popular Beyond the Curb urban living tours that typically take place twice a year in Northern Kentucky's river cities, is virtual this year.

The Catalytic Fund, which produces the tours and aids in urban development projects, moved to a video tour series this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Ludlow Historic Society has had its eyes on five Latta rowhouses on Elm Street and acquired one in 2017 which was then renovated.

It is the focused of this week's Beyond the Curb: River City Living tour, which can be viewed here.

The houses were constructed in 1885 but in the 1960s an addition was put on the front for an ice cream stand. Members of the historic society wanted to rescue the home from the addition and its recent neglect.

The current owner, Cameron Williams, became involved with the project in the early stages, so he was able to work with the design and renovation experts to customize the house to his taste. The home is now a stylish and very personalized success story that has transformed the look of the block.

Cam’s eclectic taste and sense of humor is reflected in quirky details like the whimsical cabinet knobs in the kitchen, the estate sale portraits that grace many of the walls and the unusual towel holder in the powder room. 

The renovation revealed antique wallpaper on the stairway landing. The decision to keep it intact was a nod to the home’s history. Its vintage vibe is complemented by a modern light fixture and the collection of faux animal heads displayed there. 

Another detail uncovered in the renovation is the green paint on the master bedroom’s window frames. Cam loved the color so much he had it recreated in a lead-free version, found a rug to match and set them off with white walls and curtains. 

Cam has been working from home since March and said it’s the best situation he could have imagined. He has a home office, a cozy hearth room, sunny living room and a home gym in his basement. A short walk from his front door lets him grab coffee and takeout or he can hop on his bike for a ride along Route 8. It’s all a part of what he loves about living in the river cities.

All episodes of Beyond the Curb: River City Living can be watched at www.BeyondtheCurb.org/video-tours.

-Staff report

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