Midwest Living Review
This gorgeous home, built by record producer Henry Gennett, opens monthly for historic tours, lavish dinners and special events. In the 1800s, the Starr Piano Company in Richmond, Indiana, made fine pianos to be sold throughout the world. But when phonographs became popular, company president Henry Gennett built a recording studio at the Starr factory complex. The Gennett record label thrived in the 1920s, and a diverse array of talented musicians -- including Louis Armstrong, Guy Lombardo, and Lawrence Welk -- came to Richmond to cut records. Gennett and his wife, Alice, lived in a magnificent Colonial Revival-style mansion along the Old National Road in Richmond. Because they were in the piano business, their home's interior was richly appointed with solid oak floors and mahogany, sycamore and poplar woodwork. Today the Gennett Mansion is owned by Robert and Donna Geddes, who carefully restored the grand house and now use its lovely rooms for weddings, banquets and other special events. They also open the house for historic tours, so visitors can learn about the fascinating Starr-Gennett era, admire the vintage Starr piano in the foyer, see Gennett family photos in Henry's old study and walk through the conservatory where Alice liked to play billiards. Guests who like to dine in style will want to make a reservation for one of the luncheons or dinners. Prepared by a local chef, these special dining experiences are held on select dates every month.