Lohmeyer Home Gallery: November 2009
Jim and Jill Lohmeyer’s Rountree home includes an eclectic blend of the couple’s favorite antiques, art and architecture, making it a truly one-of-a-kind representation of the couple.
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Aside from living in Fayetteville for a few years, Jim and Jill Lohmeyer have spent most of their married life in Springfield’s Rountree neighborhood. Throughout the past 25 years, the couple has lived in three different houses in Rountree. And for good reason. “This is a very strong family-oriented neighborhood, and it was a great place for our girls to grow up,” says Jim, referring to the couple’s three daughters: Whitney Lohmeyer, Bethany McDonald (who is 417 Magazine’s assistant art director) and Katy Lohmeyer.
Jim, who is an architect and part owner of Lohmeyer-Russell Architects in Springfield, and Jill, who is an artist, each have an abundance of creativity when it comes to home design. And they’ve certainly put it to use. Their house, which was built in 1907, has been almost completely remodeled by the two. “We did a lot of stripping and painting 10 years ago,” Jim says. They also transformed the home’s third-floor attic into additional living space, making the house approximately 2,800 square feet. And with their three girls all grown and moved out, Jim and Jill have the place to themselves. “We’re empty-nesters now, and it’s actually kind of nice,” Jill says.
The home décor includes a mixture of old and new pieces alike, but you won’t find anything that’s just there to take up space. “All of the things we have in the house mean something to us,” says Jill. “It really reflects us and our personalities.”