Charles J. Williams began designing and drafting full time in 1990, after fifteen years of renovating older homes in Louisville. Starting with the restoration of a shotgun house in Clifton in 1975, then six houses in the Irish Hill neighborhood in the 1980’s, followed by an additional seven shotgun houses in Irish Hill in collaboration with builder Ben Tyler. Several of these projects won awards for the preservation of Louisville’s historic architecture.
• 1987 Preservation Alliance Preservation Award for the renovation of the 1867 Italianate Valentine House, Safari, Inc., and CMA Realty.
• 1989 Preservation Alliance Preservation Award for the renovation of shotgun houses at 109 and 111 Spring St., in collaboration with Ben Tyler.
• 1990 Preservation Alliance Preservation Award for the renovation of the 1867 Italianate Finzer House, at 1212 Hull St. General contractor Safari, Inc., with partner Ben Tyler.
• 1990 Louisville Historical League Preservation Award for the Finzer House, in the Irish Hill neighborhood.
• 1991 Preservation Alliance Award for the renovation of Baxter Station Bar and Grill, in collaboration with Ben Tyler.
>> Shotgun houses top the list of “Louisville’s Top 10 Endangered Historic Places.” designated by the Louisville Historical League.