If you’ve ever strolled down Greenup Street in Covington’s Licking Riverside neighborhood, you’ve probably noticed (and admired) a charming law firm building, with a brown sign in front that reads Wolnitzek, Rowekamp & DeMarcus P.S.C Attorneys at Law. And if you’ve ever thought, That would make a gorgeous home, it’s your lucky day: The law firm is moving, so the historical residence is officially up for grabs.
Built shortly after the Civil War, the office building could easily be converted to serve its original purpose: a single-family home. According to Jonni Lynch, a legal assistant at the law firm, the property originally belonged to George Hamilton, secretary and treasurer of Covington’s Inland Oil Company. Hamilton bought the brick home in 1867, and lived there with his family and a full staff. In 1890, the property underwent major renovations after renowned architect Samuel Hannaford built a lavish residence nearby. “They were keeping up with the Joneses,” Lynch says. The renovations included a bumped out parlor, a raised roof with three gables, and several dormers to provide additional space and improved views. One of the biggest renovations, however, took place inside the home—the main staircase was rotated 180 degrees away from the front entrance to add privacy.
The three-level building houses 16 rooms, including a den, five bedrooms, an exercise room, and a library, to name a few. Notable features throughout the residence include large stained glass windows, hardwood floors, a mosaic tile entryway, and a fireplace in almost every room. Outside, a spacious parking lot offers rare off-street parking. The only features missing are a dedicated kitchen and showers. With a little elbow grease, though, this little piece of history could make a lovely new home.