The home of Dr. and Mrs. Allan Helm is a unique, pristine wonder located in Overlook. The classic Georgian style home was built in 1933 by C.F. Hickman. Hickman notoriously designed many historic homes that make up the Overlook neighborhood. The original owners, J. Ralph Richards and his wife, raised their family together in this home for thirty-three years. Following their sale of the home, Dr. Mercer Blanchfield purchased it for his family. He too raised a number of children there, many of which still reside in the Columbus area. The Helms are only the home’s third set of owners and have lived there since 1980.
The most intriguing feature of the house is not a single thing, but a sum of many parts. The interior has been untouched, save a kitchen renovation, since it was first built in 1933. It was completely handcrafted onsite by master craftsmen. Throughout the house their ornate handiwork can be observed. The custom marble fireplace in the formal living room was built uniquely for the Richards. The mill work on the crown molding is especially interesting because it was milled onsite in a single piece. The original leaded and bevel glass is encased in archways around the house. The oak and walnut wood flooring throughout the house has stood the test of time, families, young children and the minutia of everyday activity. These are only some of the unique design points.
This Overlook abode is key to the past. It perfectly exemplifies the elegant living of decades gone by. The flow of the house is ideal for hosting gatherings, which it has done countless times in its nearly 100-year history. Join SVM as we take you on a tour through one of the most beautiful historic homes in town.