Tour of Homes: 105 Arlington St.

Quietly residing above the 9&10 News office, where Laurie Morley works, is “The Arlington Executive Suite.” Fun surprises await those who enter this delightfully decorated apartment home. Laurie and Scott Morley completely renovated this space – much of it themselves. There are no before and after photos because the space was in such disarray that the homeowners just couldn’t take pictures. The difference from then to now has been a labor of love. Presently, the upper part of 105 Arlington Street is an updated, spacious apartment which includes a great room looking into the kitchen adjoining the rooms while being separate spaces. What originally planned to just be a pass-through, eventually turned out to be a large opening to contain the handmade large table made of ash harvested from Morley’s hunting property on Sugar Island. It serves as both a bar on the great room side and a dining table/island on the kitchen side. This multi-functional table has stools, which conveniently store under the table thus saving space, as well as two high back chairs. The color scheme of gray, black, and red is carried throughout the home beginning with the long, gorgeous church pew Laurie found on Craig’s List. The pew’s color is the same as the large table and is nearly identical with the kitchen’s cabinets’ color made by Great Lakes Cabinets. Beginning in the great room and scattered throughout the apartment are black and white photographs of Sault Sainte Marie’s past. One can see images of building of the power canal and also see images of the Soo Locks. Notice the extended window sills throughout the home. These are perfect for city viewing which allows the Morleys views of ships passing through the locks. The open kitchen, which includes stainless steel appliances, provides much space for daily living or for the occasional social gathering. The home’s color scheme and the Sault Sainte Marie theme is also evident in the spacious bathroom with a shower curtain depicting a Sault Sainte Marie image. The large, red chest, converted into a vanity, was another Craig’s List find. The apartment’s only bedroom is a spacious room with a walk-in closet which also houses a stackable washer and dryer. The headboard, a door, is painted the same color as the kitchen’s table and the church pew. This apartment home is warm, spacious, and fun. The Morleys have done a fantastic job creating a space that is highly functional and comfortable. “It’s been great seeing our purposeful vision come to fruition.  I hope other downtown building owners realize their properties’ full potential,” says Laurie...

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Tour of Homes: 805 East Spruce St.

Ken and Nancy Miller’s 1900 Victorian home is another Sault Sainte Marie gem filled with antiques, family heirlooms, and even peacock feathers. Once inside the front door, notice the rich woodwork, the L-shaped stairs, French doors, and an apple butter kettle. The lamp on the foyer table is from Ken’s grandmother’s home in Ontario. Beginning in the foyer and throughout the home, you can see Ken’s artwork and his hanging stained glass pieces. Examples of Ken’s work are in the sitting room as well as peacock feathers from Nancy’s mother, who has two pet peacocks. The sitting room also has a claw foot, snake head, and spiral leg table. It’s a unique piece to see in person! Be sure to check the stool in this room with the blue pillow. You’ll get a surprise. The dining room contains an impressive, dark wood nine-foot table that has the capabilities to expand to thirteen feet. Above the table is a beautiful chandelier perfectly suited for this Victorian home. On the side marble topped washstand table is a local artist Ginny Johnson torso piece. Ken and Nancy completely renovated the kitchen themselves, which included removing the drop ceiling, wallpapering the walls, installing a new countertop, and painting the cabinets. Along with Ken’s artwork, a piece of local artist Sue Johnson’s work, the squirrel, is displayed in the kitchen. Part way up the stairs, be sure to notice Ken’s blue glass stained piece. It is unique due to the etched birds. The second floor hallway contains an 1814 cross-stich piece among several other framed pieces including a photo of Ken’s grandfather in Scottish uniform. One of three bedrooms is the master bedroom which has a walk-in closet and a gorgeous metal floor lamp with a ship in the design. The Millers completely renovated the bathroom demolishing it to the studs. The beautiful bathroom has new floor and bathtub tiles with a lot of help from friend Randy Suggitt as well as a large pedestal sink. By taking blacksmith lessons from Bill Morrison, a former Sault Schools teacher, Ken and Nancy made all the bathroom fixtures: towel rack, shelf braces, paper holder, and hand towel hook. (Bill Morrison made the custom railing along the front exterior steps.) Another bedroom upstairs has floral murals from the former owners, the Cook family, while the other bedroom, presently a TV room, has a sailing theme. The trip up the steep attic steps is worth the effort to discover two rooms: a yoga/office/relaxing room and a library/music room. Ken’s violin, mandolin, and banjo are in the room with the stenciled hardwood floors and the antique Singer sewing machine. An addition was added off the kitchen in 2004, which includes a full bathroom and the all-important-to-Sault-Sainte-Marie-living large mud room. Outside are two garages. One serves as Ken’s art studio. The gated yard also contains two gazebos, a spacious city...

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Tour of Homes: 506 North Ravine St.

Built in 1890, called an American Four Square House, and known as “Dr. Scott’s residence,” the home at 506 North Ravine Street has been nearly completely renovated and deeply loved by the Landis family. A before and after photo book will be available for your perusal. The Landises’ commitment and attention to detail is obvious to the keen observer of curved ceilings, rounded walls, even decorated door hinges, and the extra wide front paneled door. This home has many unique and period-specific attributes. The shingled exterior has been painted a light brown from the dark gray. A double two car garage was added to the property as well as an all brick driveway. Upon entering the front door, notice the framed crest on display in the spacious hallway. During renovations, this crest was found in the second layer of flooring of the hallway. It is still a curiosity as to why the crest was put in the flooring, what the crest means, and what the crest’s material is. Adjacent to the hallway on the right is an office adorned with original leaded glass, floor to ceiling built-ins, two mounted animal trophies, and dark, rich wood. Before heading to the kitchen, be sure to check the pantry-sized bathroom on the left with the miniature sink. It’s unique for certain! The kitchen was completely renovated by the Landises after demolishing it to the studs. New appliances, countertops, and cabinetry have created a beautiful kitchen which includes two arched insets and one of the house’s two radiators. The spacious dining room’s bay window, china built-ins, and flooring are original to the home. The dining room leads into the family room. Notice the stone work behind the TV with the cabinet below – work completed my Rob Landis. This room’s curved ceilings and rounded walls are unique features of the home. The beautiful spindled staircase has an inviting bench at the landing. When renovating the home, the Landises discovered a door also at the stair’s landing. It is now a wall. One can deduce the door had been used as a servant’s entrance. The second floor contains five of the seven bedrooms with the remaining two bedrooms in the attic. Notice the details of the bedrooms: elongated windows, built-ins, spaciousness, wainscoting, molding, rounded ceilings, paneled doors, and decorative door hinges. The spacious attic bedrooms serve as play and craft areas. From the top of the home, travel to the basement stopping to notice the exposed foundation stones at the side door entrance. The Landises discovered the stones when renovating and preserved them so that they are now part of the home’s interior. The spacious finished basement was completed after the homeowners recently sealed the stone basement. 506 North Ravine will soon have new ownership. “We are going to miss this wonderful neighborhood. I look forward to seeing the new owners put their personal...

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Tour of Homes: 501 Sheridan Dr.

Spacious, visual, and fun, 501 Sheridan Drive is a beautiful home filled with exposed stone of the past, nooks and crannies at every turn, and grand views of the outdoors literally at every step. This home once belonged to Judge Steer, who had a law library in the home (c 1890). His books were the beginning of Sault Sainte Marie’s Carnegie Library and today’s current Bayliss Library. This house of seven bedrooms, four fireplaces, four and a half bathrooms, and nearly 5,000 square feet, boasts wide open spaces. One can easily visualize a large holiday gathering upon entering the house. Multiple, large windows, a grand fireplace, and a full bathroom add to this expansive great room. From the great room and after walking down a few steps, an original stone wall of the home is exposed. (These stones match the front porch’s stone arches which can be viewed from opening the front door in the first floor sitting room.) In this section of the home is the newly renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, an attractive black, gray, and white backsplash, more exposed stone, and a bay window complete with pillows that beg homeowners and visitors alike to relax and enjoy the nature view. The dining room, with three large picture windows, leads to a sitting room with yet another large picture window and a gas fireplace as well as leads to a bedroom/possible study on the first floor. A fun house fact: Open the closet door near the bathroom and you can see through to the stone wall area. The now storage closet appears to have been a doorway at one time! Upstairs, the first door on the right is the roomy master bedroom complete with his and hers closets. From one of the many large windows, notice the beautiful design of the roof shingles below. The spacious master bathroom includes a Jacuzzi tub and double sinks. Two of the upstairs bedrooms have deep closets with carpeted ledges. One upstairs bedroom has a cork wall while several rooms have pine-lined nooks with mini ceiling fans. The spacious laundry room is also on the second floor. The third floor is a child’s dream playroom with two carpeted areas, one of which is accessible by way of a large crawl-through. One can imagine a grand game of hide-n-seek throughout the entirety of this magnificent home! Note: Use the alley driveway entrance. Use caution with the exterior stone walkway as some stones are uneven, interior steps and staircases as some are without railings, and multiple interior inclined...

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Tour of Homes: 324 East Spruce St.

Built in 1902, the same year as the completion of the power canal, this three story Queen Anne Victorian is beloved to the Dales. “There are so many unique features that we appreciate every day,” says Lizabeth. The home contains many eclectic collections. Upon entering the home, there are cowboy and baseball hat collections hung high in the entry way. Once in the foyer, notice the leaded glass, the half turn staircase, the diagonal hardwood floors, the French glass doors, and the double molding. In the foyer are several ships of multiple mediums: canvas paintings with Jeff’s son’s names by local artist Randy Krause, framed prints, blown-glass, a decanter, and an amber Spanish Galleon from Tallin, Estonia. Also in the foyer is a chiming wall clock from Lizabeth’s childhood home in Pennsylvania and a cabinet of Jeff’s mother’s blown-glass collection. The billiard and sitting areas were once two separate rooms as revealed by the molding running the width of the ceiling where the beaded Christmas ornaments hang all year. An unusable door viewable from the hallway on the other side of the billiard room also provides evidence of two separate rooms. Beginning in this room and throughout the house are seven white birds and four black birds. Can you find them? In the sitting room is more leaded glass, a Japanese desk with items from Jeff’s travels to Japan, a ship’s chest, a handkerchief display, and an antique telephone. In the billiard room, there is a collection of records, two Norway photos, a memorial bear sewn from Lizabeth’s father’s suit made by local artist Shirley Harrier, a memorial display of Jeff’s two sons above the gas fireplace, and a collection of plates from Jeff and Lizabeth’s travels. The dining room, which has a book border, contains a collection of family photos and memorabilia such as Lizabeth’s father’s clarinet, pieces from Jeff’s mother’s blown glass collection, Jeff’s grandfather’s birth certificate, Lizabeth’s childhood piano, and Lizabeth’s mother’s stone marten stole. The homeowners also display the home’s copper clad fire extinguisher last inspected, according to the tag, in 1962. A bathroom and bedroom were added to the back of the home as evidenced by the horizontal hard wood floors outside the bathroom. The bedroom, now a hockey room, includes jerseys and memorabilia as well as Lizabeth’s father’s Hess Truck collection. In the hallways before reaching the kitchen is a display of Jeff’s 30+ year military career memorabilia. The kitchen was renovated two years ago by Bob Markstrom Construction which also recently replaced nineteen windows in the house. Upstairs are four bedrooms serving various purposes: master bedroom, music room, library, and a daughter’s bedroom. Jeff and Lizabeth’s love of books continues with the library and utilizing books for décor in the master bedroom. The upstairs hallway displays family photos, college diplomas, and the Dale’s banner used in their wedding ceremony. “I enjoy owning...

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