If you’ve ever strolled along the Historic Licking Riverside District in Covington, you’ve probably laid eyes on this historic home on Shelby Street near the corner of Riverside Drive—its second-story porch overlooking the river. Current owner Lorrie Miller Hill and her husband decided to move from their hectic New York City lifestyle in 2018. “Where better to slow things down than the south, we thought,” Hill says. “Just across the river from family and friends in Cincinnati.” The couple moved after Hill and her daughter spotted the home on a trip to visit family. They coined their new digs The Covington River House.
Built in the mid 1800s as a carriage house for 420 Riverside, the house has been updated to now have three bedrooms and three bathrooms. “My favorite place in the house is the upstairs side porch,” Hill says. “It’s so charming and makes the house look like something you’d find in Charleston, not Covington.” She adds that they rebuilt the porch to accommodate regular time outside for coffee in the morning and cocktails at night. The actual entrance to the home is a little hidden with a charming brick porch to welcome guests. Hardwood floors throughout the home mesh well with the white walls and other elements like the working fireplace in the dining room.
The kitchen boasts sleek, hardware-less cabinets and stainless appliances. The living room features most of the same elements, but the staircase adds interesting design. “One of my favorite things are the brass panels on the staircase that came from a jewelry store in Indianapolis,” Hill says. “To compliment the panels, I added a vintage Neiman Marcus light fixture in the stairwell that looks like a piece of jewelry itself.” The panels act as bannisters in the open staircase to the second floor. Continuing the theme of clean lines, hardwood, and white walls, the master also includes an open walk-in closet and space for the bed to overlook the river. Other notable rooms include an office with another fireplace and a side porch as another spot to enjoy the scenery just off the kitchen.
The Historic Licking Riverside District is a peaceful spot in the heart of Covington. The convenience of walking everywhere—nearby restaurants, the Covington Farmers’ Market at the foot of the Roebling Bridge every Saturday—was a huge plus for Hill and her family. “We love walking to Cincinnati for sporting events, festivals, and restaurants,” she says. “Our dogs, wary of crossing the Roebling Bridge at first, are now pros—they’ve gone from country collies to city collies.”