Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JUL-AUG 2017

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Written by Neil Charles / Photography by Andrew Kung Extensive renovation breathes new life into this historic Chatham Arch beauty DOCTOR'S OR DER S Physician Ed Eppler is no stranger to home renovations. "It's a hobby I've had for 20 or so years," said the father of three. "is is my fifth home renovation, and it's certainly the largest in scope. I don't know if I will do it again, though. e kids were going to college when we started, and this project took about two years to complete." Eager to be close to downtown Indy's restaurants and theaters, Eppler found the ideal property in the heart of Chatham Arch, just a short walk from some of the city's finest dining and entertainment venues. "is house had been on the market for a while," said interior designer Linda Mordoh. "Ed saw what he wanted, and had lifestyle in mind with the opportunity to enjoy urban living at its finest. He had a vision, but he liked the flexibility of the potential and going with the flow. e house was in a state of major disrepair; there were some major structural changes to be made." Dating back to the early 1900s, the two-story brick home was a classic Victorian-era throwback with tiny rooms, a detached garage and a servants' stairwell at the rear that ate into the usable square footage. Before agreeing to purchase the property, Eppler had to be sure there would be adequate and readily accessible parking. Accomplishing this and expanding his tiny exterior footprint into something more functional required talks with Mike Cunningham, owner of the popular Union 50 restaurant next door. "I love to entertain and people come here from out of town, so parking was an important part of the negotiations," Eppler explained. "I met with Mike before buying the home. If I hadn't been able to rotate the garage to attach it to the house, I wouldn't have bought the place. Mike expanded my backyard by about 40 percent. It's now completely private green space, which Mike loves because it beautifies the approach to the restaurant from that side." 70

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