NEW LIFE: Sherman Hill Restoration

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A set of historic buildings got a much needed facelift.

The Portwell and Wellsport flats on the corner of 19th and Woodland Avenue were built in the early 1900's.  Over the years the two buildings deteriorated and were in need of major repairs.

Hatch Development Group took on the project to restore the twin buildings to their original condition.

The refurbished buildings will include 12 apartments - some of which are already rented.

Jack Hatch says it was important to take on this project to keep the historic Sherman Hill neighborhood intact.

He said, "We have all sorts of people living in this neighborhood, and this architecture that we're saving and returning back to its original format and its design will bring a lot of culture back to the neighborhood."

The renovations have taken about a year to complete.

Hatch says one building is done, and the other will be finished in about a month.

Later this month you'll get the chance to see inside some of the historic Sherman Hill Homes.

The annual home tour "doors to the past" begins September 22nd.  It is a walking tour that runs for two weekends from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

You'll see homes, apartments and condominiums.

This year crews will complete a room renovation in one historic home so you can see how it's done.  The transformation will be complete the last day of the tour.

Tickets are $15 for one weekend or $20 for both.