Fixing up in Fauquier
Katharine Ayres just opened her new physical therapy practice at the old Stipe-Maddux House in Marshall thanks to a restoration project by her father Henry Ayres. Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Marshall Physical Therapy owner Katharine Ayres' journey back to Fauquier County had as much to do with her affinity for the past as it did with the affordability of her future.
In 2003, Ayres found a single-family home in Marshall that would one day be suitable for her burgeoning physical therapy practice. The problem was, the century-old house had fallen into massive disrepair, which prevented her from moving in right away.
So, as Ayres established a regular clientele from a business condominium in Leesburg, her father Henry began rehabilitating the two-story structure formerly known as the Stipe-Maddux House.
Using more than 85 percent of the original siding, the Centreville native and long-time Fauquier beef cattle farmer completed the transformation, which included a 1000-foot addition to the home and a stone wall out front that was once part of the foundation.
A gleaming white edifice on Main Street, the Stipe-Maddux House now houses both her personal and professional families. As of this week, Katharine can walk down the stairs and open her doors for business.
It's a proud moment for father and daughter, who will be working on people's physical ailments in the same structure that Henry put tender loving care into for the last nine years.
"Dad is a problem-solver and fixer," Katharine said. "...Honestly, it's a genetic thing. I think I am well-suited [for my profession]."
For the rest of the story, please pickup a copy of yesterday's Fauquier Times.
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