1330 W. Morse Avenue

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1330 W. Morse Avenue, Kindred Arts School, 1919.

1330 W. Morse Avenue, the Geroulis Apartment, 1992.

1330 W. Morse Avenue, Cobblers Mall, Tuesday, September 3, 1996.

1330 W. Morse Avenue, Mezz Gallery, 2016.

1330 W. Morse Avenue, Alex O. McBean, D.D.S., 1919.

This apartment was featured in the 1992 Annual Fall House Tour.

Circa: 1912

Original Owner: Unknown

Present (1992) Owner: Patricia and John Geroulis

Cobblers Mall . . . Who would ever imagine the history behind this architecturally appealing building, and even still, who would imagine that a beautifully rehabbed seven-room apartment is nestled on its second floor?

This building, built in 1912, originally housed the Morse Theater for many years. It closed, temporarily, and reopened as the Co-Ed Theater in 1938. It was subsequently transformed into a the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in the 1950s. In late 1977, the Geroulis Family purchased the building and there was major rehabbing performed during 1987. Around this time, the building's first floor became the Cobblers Mall. In 2010, the property became the Morse Theater, once again. In 2011, after the failure of the Morse Theater, the building became the Mayne Stage theater.

Upon entering the front door on the street level, one is greeted by a long, expansive, marble staircase which is original to the building. This staircase, lined with pictures from travels abroad, leads to the apartment's main room, the dining/living room area. The fireplace makes a lovely setting.

One is simply overwhelmed by the airiness of the apartment. Its gorgeous pine floors throughout, the high ceilings, and the outstanding memorabilia purchased, again, from numerous trips to Greece, Jerusalem, and other places around the world.

One of the apartment's three bedrooms is adjacent to the living room. Two features are the large, walk-in closet and thermopane windows. A stylish double-sinked bathroom adjoins this bedroom with the guest room, which is fitted with beautiful antiques, specifically two unique lamps. The dresser and cedar chest are from their parents' former home on Greenleaf Avenue.

The jewel of this expansive apartment is the elaborate black-tiled bathroom which is behind the dining room. It is simply outstanding with its massive, plant-lined whirlpool which certainly would welcome any guest. It also boasts a skylight and a sun-bathing frog.

Behind the bathroom is the "bar" area which was once the film projection room of the original theater. In here, there is a bench from their father's original shoe store.

The kitchen is warm and friendly with its oak cabinets and pristine white appliances.

The hallway contains the laundry room and linen closet.

Finally, one enters the third bedroom, which, too, has its own modern bathroom facility. It also contains a fireplace which has a common chimney with the one in the living room. Thermopane windows, with built-in blinds, and a large walk-in closet complement this room.

Although this apartment is truly impressive, it is the entire building which houses the old theater in the back, as well as the charming shoe repair shop, that simply leaves the viewer in awe.