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Austin Homes and Gardens

The Austin Homes and Gardens magazine July 1983 featured restoration in the HydePark residential neighborhood. The article began, "Betty and Robert Phillips have photographs of a huge hole in the bedroom ceiling of their condemned house. Amazingly, this is the same house--now completely restored--that was featured in the Hyde Park homes tour last month." Page 37 Robert Phillips rebuilt the condemned house to Historic Landmark status.


"Ramsdell-Wolff House. Simplicity and order are features of the Phillips 1907 bungalow. Clockwise from top: the exterior was painted the original dark green to make it blend with its site; stained glass panels used in the bathroom are old but not originally part of the house; wood strips for the kitchen floor were salvaged from siding on the old garage." Page 40

"Unlike many others who decided to restore an old house, Betty and Robert Phillips knew a great deal about what they were getting into when they found the 1907 Ramsdell-Wolff House on Avenue H. They had already remodeled a house in the West Campus section of town, and Robert is in the remodeling business. The fact that the house was condemned when they bought it didn't bother them at all.

Their house now has some unusual architectural features. The Phillipses added a staircase where a tiny bedroom had been, and they converted the attic into children's bedrooms. They had the kitchen moved to a back bedroom, they installed windows from an old house downtown, and siding from the old garage became an unusual kitchen floor...Indirect ceiling lighting is a feature in every room, a Jacuzzi graces the enlarged bathroom, and instead of a gaping hole in their bedroom ceiling, they now have a high ceiling that lends visual interest to the room." Page 44