MORRIS – With its wraparound porch, portico and turret on the second floor, Harold and Rachel Martin's home at 724 Fremont is one of those you pass by and ask, "I wonder what that looks like on the inside?"
Well, wonder no more because this home is featured on the 21st annual Home for the Holidays Housewalk, scheduled for Nov. 30.
Purchased in 1978, the home has been completely renovated. Although massive in size, this home is cozy and welcoming, a place where not only their three children – Roger, Denise and Rob – grew up but also now where five grandchildren and one great-grandchild love coming to play.
Upon entering the double-door foyer, you'll be struck by the beauty of the woodwork, all original and restored by the Martins. Both maple and mahogany are used throughout on floors, stairs, three fireplaces and trim. The chandelier that hangs over the stairway was something Rachel and Harold brought with them from New Hampshire when they relocated in Morris.
The home boasts four bedrooms, including the impressive master with its original fireplace. A beautiful quilt rack is nestled between the fireplace and bay window, and cradles quilts Rachel has made through the years. She sews one for each grandchild and recently presented a blue one to her son Rob and his wife Kelly, in anticipation of a grandson due in December.
One of the two full second-floor bathrooms is where Reece, the family's 98-pound chocolate Labrador, enjoys drinking from the bathtub faucet. The beloved pet patiently waits for his family to turn the faucet on, slurps to his heart's content and lumbers on his merry way.
The warm kitchen with its hardwood floors and worn, wooden countertops is the perfect place to prepare large family meals. The heavy butcher-block table featured in this room was a gift from Marie Watson. The Watson family used to own and operate a grocery store on Washington Street and used this heavy table to cut meat that was sold in the store.
The Martin home will be a must-see during the housewalk. Also plan to attend the tea, which will be hosted by Immaculate Conception Church and held in the St. Angela Room of the school.
The Housewalk ticket is also entry in the grand prize drawing, which features a .23-carat diamond pendant necklace from Harrington’s, a $250 Grundy County Chamber gift certificate, dinner at Chapin’s, a private wine tasting for two at Montage Spirits and Gifts, a collection of gift certificates from Morris Retailers, and a complimentary stay at the Morris Holiday Inn Express.
The Hostess Coordinators for this home are Kelly Martin and Denise Bergin.