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Some College Hill residents to celebrate 100th birthday of homes

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at 11:10 p.m.

Happy anniversary to the houses in College Hill – particularly, those that were built in the 300 block of South Clifton.

Next Saturday, from 5 to 10 p.m. residents in that portion of the neighborhood are hosting a centennial celebration honoring the beauty and life of their homes.

“They are exquisite and one of a kind,” says Charisse Bachrodt of the house at 300 S. Clifton she bought in 1996.

The residents in this neighborhood are hosting a street party, hiring a band, arranged for food trucks to drive by and encouraging people who would like to attend to bring their own lawn chair and beverage and join in on celebrating the quality of fine craftsmanship.

The love affair she has with the house she owns today began as a child, Bachrodt said.

“When I was a kid, I always wanted to live in College Hill,” she said. In 1996, when house shopping, she walked into the foyer and saw the woodwork, staircase, leaded glass windows and made an offer.

The Bachrodts are taking donations of $5 for the party. The money would be used next year when other houses in the neighborhood turn 100. The Bachrodts are hoping this will become an annual tradition.

“I walked in and literally felt like I was home,” she said. “I had this gut feeling this was the one.”

Sixteen years later, it remains home. It is where she, her husband, Marc, and two children live.

One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, College Hill is characterized by various architectural styles including Victorian cottages, neoclassic homes, Tudors and bungalows.

The neighborhood is bounded by Central on the north, Kellogg on the south, Hillside on the west and Oliver on the east.

The Bachrodts’ house was built in 1912.

And although it is “old, creaky and scary,” says 8-year-old Sam Bachrodt, he likes it.

“I like the house a lot, except upstairs you can hear footsteps and that Mom has got all these old lady curtains down here.”

And, 10-year-old Quincy Bachrodt says the house is OK. “Except, I don’t like that the wood floors aren’t carpeted and in the winter you get freezing feet.”

Still, the house and the neighboring houses have charm, Marc Bachrodt said..

“They are worth cherishing,” he said. “We feel like stewards of our home who will pass it along to the next family who lives here. We want to keep it in good shape.”

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com

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