Name: Michael &Karen
Location: Hammond, Indiana
Size: The main house is 2000 square feet, 3 bedrooms from 1930. SideCar Gallery is 900 square feet, 2 bedrooms and believed to be built in 1890.
Years lived in: 5 years — owned
When Mike and Karen were in the market to buy a house five years ago, their search brought them just south of Chicago to the town of Hammond, Indiana. Hammond is connected to the city by a 40 minute ride on the South Shore Electric Line, making the weekday commute comparable to many neighborhoods within the city limits.SideCar Gallery in 2009-- a contemporary art gallery where artists are invited to collaborate and experiment within the space.
SideCar's first floor is outfitted with gallery-typical whitewashed walls and track lighting, yet retains the character of the old home. The upstairs attic, which feels like a log cabin, (and is accessible only through a very interesting bathroom staircase,) is reserved for site-specific installations.
On my visit to Mike and Karen's home, I was lucky enough to catch a few artworks that were yet to be installed in SideCar's latest exhibition, 'Fire: New Work and a Collaborative Installation' by Paul Perkins and Jeremy Price. The show runs from March 5 - April 2 with an opening reception on March 5 from 5:00 - 10:00 pm. Please see SideCar's website for open hours and directions.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic
Favorite Element: The dining room in the main house.
Biggest Challenge: Persistence/money/time
What Friends Say: What's it like living in Indiana? I say 'Here be dragons'.
Proudest DIY: Committing to gutting the kitchen.
Biggest Indulgence: Refusing to rent out the second house (SideCar Gallery)
Best Advice: Don't be afraid to buy, just buy smart.
Dream Sources: I don't really know. I just say 'Let me dream if I want to'.
Thanks, Michael and Karen!
Images: Smith Schwartz
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