Hawley's rebuilt home one of four set for Tri Kappa Housewalk

The Hawleys' large living room features an area for card games and a custom-built entertainment center, which is a duplication of the one lost in the house fire.
The Hawleys' large living room features an area for card games and a custom-built entertainment center, which is a duplication of the one lost in the house fire. Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Richard and Becky Hawley's home, located at 1111 N. Jefferson St., will be one of the four homes featured in Tri Kappa's annual Housewalk.

The Hawleys' original home was badly damaged in a fire 2006, which resulted from a gas explosion next door.

"The original home was built in 1890, so it had a lot of history in Huntington," states Hawley. "We moved to the area in 1985."

Becky Hawley adds that in rebuilding, it was important to them to recapture the history of the home.

"I wanted to recreate as much of the original house as I could," she states. "The parlor, for example, is identical to the one in the original house. With the aid of a few pieces of furniture that escaped fire or water damage as well as wood salvaged, we are pleased with the result."

"The new structure is an All-American Home," states Richard Hawley. "The front of the house is formal Victorian, while the back is Victorian/Cottage."

The home features tray ceilings in the dining room, with French doors leading out to one of three porches, including the back porch, which has hand-painted brick flooring done by Becky Hawley.

"Each room has its own personality," says Becky Hawley. "I didn't want to have just one theme throughout."

Hawley, who was responsible for most of the decorating decision, says influences include cottage feel, shabby chic, French and vintage flair.

There is a large family room area with a custom-made entertainment center, which is identical to the one destroyed in the fire.

"We found the gentleman who had made the original many years ago and he reproduced it for us," states Richard Hawley.

Becky Hawley's tastes are also displayed in the cottage-style kitchen with gingerbread stenciling.

To the back of the home is the breakfast nook, which overlooks a well-maintained English-style garden as well as Becky Hawley's box gardens.

"The box garden is something you would usually see in the city, where people don't have a lot of space," she says. "It allows me to grow my vegetables."

"I love the fact that even though it is a new home, we were still able to recapture our original home," states Richard Hawley.

Housewalk tickets are available before the day of the event from Tri Kappa members, Dorothy's Hallmark, all Bippus State Bank locations and First Federal Savings Bank or by calling Nicole Johnson at 356-7247 or Sonya Foraker at 356-5844.

Other homes include on the tour are those of Jim and Jeni Scheiber, 3170E-900N, Roanoke; Don and Jo Patmore, 6636N-300W and Ron and Marcia Rivers, 219 S. Main St., Roanoke.

All four homes will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 4.