July 7, 2022


Comfortable residential structure

Mid-century contemporary INhouse in New Albany is a creative retreat

The authentic operator of Brook Smith’s Silver Hills mid-century modern-day house was a person named Robert Kelso. Kelso developed the house in 1957, immediately after asking famed architect John Johansen — whose operates helped form modernist layout ideas — to layout the abode. The house went via numerous arms right up until it was ordered by Louisville artist Ed Garber in 2012. Garber restored the house to its present day layout ahead of advertising the residence to Smith in 2016.

Love at initial sight

“I bought the household right after looking at it mid-renovation,” Smith explained of the home with its open up floor approach, round hearth, and grasp bedroom that prospects out to a deck. “(My) fantastic mates Ed Garber and Sharon Lamb, who I also acquired iconic Louisville cafe 610 Magnolia from, experienced me over to see it. The spot spoke to me — I indicate, who is not romanced by anything mid-century modern-day?”

Smith originally prepared to use the household as a tranquil getaway for staycations with his wife but claims he immediately determined it was a place that was intended to be shared. He dubbed the dwelling INhouse, opening it up for regional resourceful arts companies to hold retreats, and for visiting artwork lecturers and speakers to stay overnight.

The living room in Brook Smith's New Albany home. Aug. 10, 2021

“(It is) a put for creatives to think and make,” mentioned the contemporary artwork collector. “(The) functions (spread during are) mostly from my assortment that have uncovered their way to their recent household at INhouse, but the residence is the art piece in alone … the art is incredibly sparingly positioned as in my belief, way too significantly on the walls would only get away from the magic of the previous walnut paneling.”