Editor’s note: This is one in a series of six profiles of homes on the Cancer Association of Champaign County’s annual fund-raiser tour. One home is being featured each day in the Urbana Daily Citizen during the week leading up to the tour.
A historic home of a historic Champaign County family is part of the Cancer Association of Champaign County Candlelight Tour of Homes this year.
Barbara Perry’s 590 Scioto St. home, also featured during the Champaign County Preservation Alliance Historic Home and Garden Tour earlier this year, was first owned by the Patrick Family, then the Kirby family in the 1800s. Perry’s home was moved across the street for the Kirby family to build a bigger house where it first sat, Perry said.
In 1918, the home was updated to accommodate a number of Kirby relatives, CCPA Historian Sherry Virts wrote previously. The Perry family bought the home in 2004 from Ned Kirby. The home was under restoration in 2007. Barbara Perry returned to the home after living in Florida to care for her aging mother. She restored the home to needs and tastes of her and her mother.
Two of the four original fireplaces used to heat the home are still visible, along with some original cupboards. The home has been re-plastered, dry-walled, painted and paneled. Restoration revealed original hardwood floors. Crown molding was added, a continuation of molding found in the butler’s pantry. All upper landing windows were replaced, and a sloping floor issue was dealt with by using floating slate-like flooring.
Perry said she wanted to be part of the candlelight tour this year because she believes in the work of the Cancer Association.
“I had to use the association to pay some bills,” she said, speaking of her own cancer battle in the past.
The Tour of Homes will be 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.