5000 Worth Street


Many owners of historic homes bemoan (or boast of) their status as perpetual projects. There are times, however, when someone’s dreams are simply greater than their drive. Sitting modestly on the corner of Collett and Worth, this house was the site of a decades-long labor of love by a couple with great ambitions. They collected the materials and embellishments they thought suitable and slowly laid bare the canvas on which they would create. As time wore on, though, they ran out of steam or moxie or whatever it is that fuels these endeavors. That’s when a skilled local craftsman and his investment partner acquired the house and sharply accelerated the pace of renovation. Within the last year, nearly every aspect of this structure between earth and sky has been straightened out, gussied up, refinished, refurbished, or otherwise brought back to life.

At 4,000 square feet, this is among the larger homes in Munger Place. Originally a 1909 Sears and Roebuck kit house (“deluxe edition”), the classic four-square was apparently expanded upon almost immediately by the first owners. A century later, with the help of some clever engineering, this has allowed for a spacious new open floorplan downstairs. Two floors above, the dimensions of the vast former attic practically forced its conversion into a configurable third-floor living space. And the actual configuration may be up to the next owners of this handsome home, because this is our Work in Progress. No hardhats are needed, but visitors to this house will see the final stages of renovation and may meet some of the vendors who contributed to its revitalization.