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Homes On Display Sunday

By Staff | Dec 1, 2010

The Cecil Home

Additional homes being featured in the ArtsLink Holiday House Tour on Dec. 5 in New Martinsville include those of Paul and Carol Buck in Beechwood Estates, the Maple Avenue homes of Gary and Carolee Cecil, Tina Neil and Terry Zuber, and Mark and Brenda Botizan. The only business included on the tour is Dana Hall’s art gallery on Main Street, Florentine Arts Center.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased for $10 at the Francis Creative Arts Center beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the tour. ArtsLink is committed to providing universal access wherever possible. Persons with special needs should make them known to ArtsLink volunteers who will be selling the tickets. Proceeds from the tour will be used to provide additional ArtsLink programs and performances throughout the year.

The home of Paul and Carol Buck is the newest home on the tour, having been built in 1994 and purchased by the Bucks, who have been busy putting their personal touches on it, in 2008. It is a traditional style home situated in a totally wooded setting. The entrance of the home features rich hardwood floors and a beautiful staircase. A formal living room, dining room, office, and a newly remodeled kitchen/breakfast/great room make up the first floor. Cherry floors, molding, and cabinetry provide a warm inviting feeling throughout the lower level. The second floor consists of three bedrooms and a master suite, each of which is decorated to display a different look and personality. The home will be totally decorated in the traditional style for Christmas, displaying a large collection of items acquired over the years, including many given to her by her late grandmothers and her mother.

Situated on almost two acres beside Magnolia High School is the Georgian Revival home of Gary and Carolee Cecil. Construction of this beautiful home was begun in 1922 and completed in 1925 for Mr. Hornbrook, a local pharmacist. Passenger trains once stopped behind the home to allow guests to play on the clay tennis courts beside the goldfish pond. The basement served as the first field house for Magnolia athletic teams and garden parties for upperclassmen were a common occurrence at the home each spring. Dr. Kent Hornbrook, the second owner, maintained a small office where he could see patients at home. In 2000 Gary and Carolee Cecil purchased the home and began a five year complete home restoration project which included rewiring and re-plumbing all four floors, installing a new roof and more than 40 new windows, and refinishing (by hand) all hardwood floors, walls, ceilings, and doors. They made structural changes to the rear of the property, adding a new kitchen and bath. Additions of an in-ground pool, pool house, and a six-car garage completed the project. Carolee recalls being at Dr. Hornbrook’s as a sick child and then telling her mother, “I’d like to live here when I grow up!”

Tina Neil and Terry Zuber were living in Germany when they discovered the beautiful Clark house on Maple Avenue via the Internet. They moved to New Martinsville just in time for the September 2004 flood to fill their basement with four feet of water. Undeterred, over the years they have replaced the front porch floor with intricate Minton tile and the back porch with handcrafted tile from Mexico. Inside, the kitchen counters have been enhanced with forest green tile to set off the copper sinks and the white cupboards contain window glass from a neighboring Clark house. The retro fire engine red refrigerator never fails to draw comments. Tina and Terry continue to add to their collection of European furniture and statuary with early 19th century antiques, including two recently acquired torchieres. Their card catalog in the library contains some rare gems. Tina and Terry look forward to welcoming guests into their treasured home.

The Buck Home

The bungalow style home of Mark and Brenda Botizan was built in 1921. It has been modified by various owners over the past 80 years, but its original style has been maintained. Christmas decorations will adorn each room, allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of the original woodwork as well as the various features that have been added to modernize the structure.

The recently opened art gallery on Main Street was once the home of Doolin Security Savings Bank. It now features a variety of art objects as well as a small gift shop.

The Botizan Home

The Zuber-Neil Home

Florentine Arts Center