When Anthony and Marnie Swigert bought the house at 1135 Court St. they knew it was just right for their lifestyle.
“It is meaningful to me when local residents refer to our house as the Brokaw house,” Marnie says. Robert and Edna Brokaw lived in the house from 1955-1986. Over the years, 15 different families lived in there. It is also meaningful that Marnie’s aunt, Shari Button, was one of the previous owners.
The Swigerts bought the house in 2000 and have completely remodeled the entire dwelling. They started their design project from the inside and worked outward. For the kitchen, Marnie chose off-white cabinets with black hardware, black appliances and quartz countertops. Hand-scraped wide plank flooring is featured in the kitchen and dining room and frieze carpet is used in the remainder of the house. When the house was built in 1891, the large windows were strategically, placed probably to increase the flow of air due to no air conditioning. The windows, one of the favorite things about the house, remain in their original location but have been replaced. Vinyl siding was selected for the exterior as vinyl siding is now being appropriately marketed for the reconstruction of historic homes. The house has a porch that wraps around the front and east side. The main floor is the primary living residence, comprising the great room, dining room, kitchen and laundry room with storage and a half bath. A stairway off the dining room leads to the master suite and guest room. Marnie, a “spic and span” housekeeper, used a mix of antiques and vintage reclaimed pieces for the interior.
Anthony worked for a landscape company for a short time after high school, so his learning experience carried over to their pristine yard. The backyard has a large deck that is used to entertain family and friends, especially during the Sweet Corn Festival when long-time friends arrive. A unique fire pit adorned with a sign made by Megan Patava says it all: “Welcome To Our Fire Pit — Where Friends And Marshmallows Get Toasted At The Same Time.”
Marnie grew up in Perry. She works for Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Anthony grew up in Adel and works for MidAmerican Energy. They love living in their cozy home with their dog, Kash.
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