You might perchance remember last year I wrote that our good friends Bobby and Fred were leaving our wonderful North Lewis Street. I wrote about their home, known as the Belser House, and hoped that my blog post would help attract just the right neighbor. Well, that is exactly what happened! Our new neighbors, Jim and Judy, are simply fabulous. We met them last Sunday at the Capitol Oyster Bar and heard some blues, munched on catfish and oysters, and shared an all-around grand time. That’s the way we do it on North Lewis Street.
You might also possibly recall that I did a “This Place Matters” blog on the bungalow across the street from the Belser House. I knew it needed a lot of work, but I was just hoping for good neighbor fortune to smile down again on North Lewis Street. And what do you know? The house was beautifully renovated, and a beautiful young couple with two beautiful children and a cute dog moved in. The house and our new neighbors are great.
So. Third time’s the charm — ever hear that old adage? The historic house beside me is for sale by owner. Yes, this place matters too. Once again, I hypothesize that the house was designed by Richard Whaley. All four of the homes on this side of the block are stucco and classic arts and crafts style, Whaley’s trademark. This place matters because it is part of the designated historic portion of Capitol Heights. Once again, the house needs a lot of work. Once again, I want to see a new roof, the stucco repaired, and fresh curtains at the windows. Once again, this place matters because it’s a part of my life. I want a fun neighbor who likes my cats and dogs. I hope they like Tim and me, and if they can hear us playing music, I hope they like it. I want to include them in backyard barbecues and front porch pot luck dinners and groups going to eat oysters and to hear the blues and Old Alabama Town Revue. I want the house renovated and repaired, and the residents to be a happy part of the North Lewis Street community. This place matters because it is part of our history, our present, and our future.
Let’s hope that the third time’s the charm.
Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.