A spring walk in Covington

Now that the weather’s nice, we are taking the chance to explore some of the other neighborhoods in Covington. Today that included Seminary Square and a few new-to-us streets in MainStrasse. I took the opportunity to keep practicing with my new camera (Canon EOS Rebel SL1), a Christmas gift from Brandon, and captured some of the beautifully restored homes in the area.

The walk only reignited my interest in buying and restoring a late 19th-century home one day. For now, I’ll admire my neighbors’ hard work!

 

Mutter Gottes welcome sign. Most Covington neighborhoods have these mosaic welcome signs.
Mutter Gottes welcome sign. Most Covington neighborhoods have these mosaic welcome signs.
Sycamore in Seminary Square
Sycamore in Seminary Square
Covington's alleyways are equal parts beautiful and mysterious.
Covington’s alleyways are equal parts beautiful and mysterious.
Cute corner store
Cute corner store
Home after home on Greer appears to be well-restored.
Home after home on Greer appears to be well-restored.
Love the combination of the Christmas wreath and Easter decoration on the front door. (Home on Greer Avenue.)
Love the combination of the Christmas wreath and Easter decoration on the front door. (Home on Greer Avenue.)
Simple but beautiful home on Greer Avenue.
A classic, stately home on Greer Avenue.
Greer Avenue is nestled on the edges of MainStrasse and is full of beautiful Italianate architecture.
Greer Avenue is nestled on the edges of MainStrasse and is full of beautiful Italianate architecture.
Blue brick
Blue brick
Brandon posing in front of a cool storefront building on Pike Street. Even the retail spaces here have amazing architectural features.
Brandon posing in front of a cool storefront building on Pike Street. Even the retail spaces here have amazing architectural features.
Built in 2009, Henry Farny Park is a little corner space dedicated to the artist (1847-1916), famous for his depictions of the American West and native Americans, who lived on Banklick Street.
Built in 2009, Henry Farny Park is a little corner space dedicated to the artist (1847-1916), famous for his depictions of the American West, who lived on Banklick Street.
This home is actually two. Love the dual tones.
This home is actually two. Love the dual tones.
We called this one the one-eyed owl house.
We called this one the one-eyed owl house.
I noticed that many of the homeowners left gates to gardens and entranceways open.
I noticed that many of the homeowners left gates to gardens and entranceways open. Must be the southern hospitality!
Another example of wrought iron
Another example of wrought iron

 

This home in Seminary Square features a large outdoor sculpture
This home in Seminary Square features a large outdoor sculpture
Another example of beautiful wrought iron features in Seminary Square
Another example of beautiful wrought iron features in Seminary Square
Cobblestone streets give you a peek back into the neighborhood's roots (circa 1860)
Cobblestone streets give you a peek back into the neighborhood’s roots (circa 1860)
Wrought iron fences are seen throughout Covington - reminiscent of New Orleans
Wrought iron fences are seen throughout Covington – reminiscent of New Orleans
Grey brick with ornate window arches
Grey brick with ornate window arches
Many of the homes feature ornate doorways like this one, leading to gardens and backyards.
Many of the homes feature ornate doorways like this one, leading to gardens and backyards.
A beautiful red brick home in Seminary Square
A beautiful red brick home in Seminary Square
A beautiful red brick home in Seminary Square
Another shot of the home.
Finally, our walk brought us back to the heart of MainStrasse. I had to add in a photo of Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, where we had our first date.
Finally, our walk brought us back to the heart of MainStrasse. I had to add in a photo of Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, where we had our first date.
Chez Nora is still for sale. I'm hoping one of the city's great restaurateurs will realize what a great deal this space is and buy it!
Chez Nora is still for sale. I’m hoping one of the city’s great restaurateurs will realize what a great deal this space is and buy it!
We'll miss you, Chez Nora!
Adios, Chez Nora!
Another shot of Chez Nora, from the front.
Another shot of Chez Nora, from the front.
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