Stratton Hammon Homes
Miriam Burich from Lenihan’s Sothebys International Real Estate talks about Stratton Hammon homes, which have become popular in the Louisville area. She not only shows them, but she lives in one. “I never thought I could afford one,” she admits, but she lucked out and bought the home as soon as she saw it hit the market. Her first impression was “we’ve got to have this — it’s architecturally absolutely gorgeous,” she recalls.
Stratton Hammon was born in the early 1900s, attended DuPont Manual, graduated from architectural school at the University of Louisville. He opened his office after the stock market crash. In the 1930s, he published some plans in Good Housekeeping and McCall’s, which led to his burgeoning reputation. The last of his 100+ area residences saw completed in 1991, so he had a long, active life. Most homes are here in Louisville and Kentucky, but some of his reach has been found as far away as Indiana.
These homes are spread out – in Audubon Park, Indian Hills, Rolling Fields, Jarvis Lane – but the trained eye can easily pick out a Stratton Hammon home based on the consistent, distinctive style. “He could build a 2,000 square foot house and then move up to 12,000, and you’d still be able to pick the style,” despite the extremely different price ranges, Burich explains.
“Stratton Hammon qualities” include:
- Impressive front door archways
- Turning European staircases with wrought iron
- Extra molding and woodwork detailing throughout
- European styling with wrought iron accents inside and out
- Symmetrical, thoughtful window placement
- Open rooms
- Wood-paneled studies
Listen to the full Stratton Hammon podcast or read the full transcript to learn what modifications Miriam Burich made to her own Stratton Hammon and what to expect in terms of shopping around Louisville for one of these distinctive architectural masterpieces.