Southern Indiana Living

SEP-OCT 2018

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Sept/Oct 2018 • 14 I n January 1996, a devastating duo of fires closed the Haven House at 330 West Market St. in Jeffersonville (in its 11th year at the location), leaving a di- lapidated and abandoned shell of an over 130-year-old home. A year prior, Steve and Carol Stenbro were first entering in the innkeeping business. What would seem to be two unrelated events would eventually culminate into a pairing that would create one of the most decorated and celebrated bed-and-breakfast locations in Southern Indiana and the only bed-and-breakfast in Jeffersonville. Purchased at the end of April 2002 and opened in October 2005, the Market Street Inn is not the first bed-and-break- fast the Stenbros have owned. "We were looking to expand our other property on Utica Sellersburg Road and thought we would add on or something like that, and we just happened to hear that this build- ing was up for auction," said Carol, who is also the innkeeper and cook for the inn. The Stenbros decided to investigate the house and the ensuing auction. "We went by it on a Friday night, and I said, 'Looks like they're having the auction tomor- row,'" recalled Steve, a retired toolmaker at Ford Motor Co. After discussing and arriving at a price they were willing to pay, the Sten- bros went to the auction. "We went through (the house) and heard some of the plans that other people had for the house, like bulldozing it or making it into four apartments or whatever. And I said, 'It's gonna be my house,'" Steve said. And although the resulting purchase went over the initial amount they were willing to spend, Carol explained that the couple "just couldn't let it go for apartments" or any of the other plans that others had for the home. However, turning the boarded-up house into a beautiful inn was an ardu- ous journey. "One of the fires had burnt through the roof, so there was water com- ing in for over six years," Carol said. The home "was kind of a mess, but we still thought it was worth saving." The Sten- bros found the the brick walls and foun- dation to still be somewhat solid in terms of structural quality, and the couple began the massive undertaking of restoring the home. "It was a total renovation. All the wood you see is brand new, and all the wood you don't see is, too," said Steve. The first several steps of the renovation involved nearly a year of cleaning out the rotted and burnt beams, rafters and floors and adding a new roof to prevent further damage. The next step required enlisting the services of an architect who helped lay out a plan for the building for the Stenbros' interior renovations. Carol handled the interior decorating for the house, while Steve joked that he "moved the doors, and moved the doors and moved the doors." Each of the rooms in the Market Street Inn has a unique name. For instance, there is the Rosé Retreat: a room adorned with a framed painting of flowers hang- ing off of a scarlet-painted wall behind the queen-size bed and above the remote-con-

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