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January ABODE: Fun house

January ABODE: Fun house

 More than a decade ago, Marianne Bechtle and Ann Gayhart bought 42 acres of wooded land in Batesville. At the time, they lived on Rugby Road, but knew they wanted a rural life someday for themselves and their three sons. It would be a while until they started the process of building a country house, […]

December ABODE: Mix it up

December ABODE: Mix it up

The Coleman-Tharpe house is a standout in its postwar neighborhood. (Photos by Andrea Hubbell) In a way, Charlottesville’s full of houses like the Tharpe-Coleman place off Cherry Avenue. It’s boxy, modest, and surrounded by similar neighbors, all built for working-class families in the mid-1950s. In another way, this house is one of a kind. After all, the neighbors tend […]