The William Bockhoff House
Marco and Lisa Rankin purchsed the home ini 2016 and moved to Richmond with their four young children.
The William F. Bockhoff House
The 1906 William F. Bockhoff House, was the group's first project. Bockhoff lived in the American Four Square home during his tenure as president of National Automatic Tool Company (NATCO) from 1911 until his death in 1928.
“One of the things I am most proud of, in reference to this project, is that we took all the risk and relied on no public monies to make it happen," Chad Stegner, president of RNR, said in a press release. “We wanted to prove to ourselves, and Richmond, that we could do this and that these properties are viable for redevelopment. We wanted to set the bar high with this one, and I think it will make for a great home for a future Richmond family.”
David Jetmore, vice president of RNR, said the group is "incredibly proud" of its first project. “We were able to accomplish many things with this one redevelopment." "We will be able to place another property back on the tax rolls, strengthen the neighborhood and the real estate market on 19th Street, and stabilize a structure which we have come to find out was associated with a pretty important Richmond resident, William F. Bockhoff, president and founder of the National Automatic Tool Company (NATCO).”
The home appealed to Marco and Lisa Rankin, who moved to town with their three young children from Indianapolis. Marco is a Richmond native who graduated from Richmond High School, Earlham College and Ball State University, and Lisa has Ohio ties. She works at the Indiana University School of Medicine's neuroscience center, and Marco works in the medical school's clinical trials office. In a letter to RNR, Lisa said the Rankins were impressed with the beautiful work done on the home and were smitten with its beauty, warmth and functionality. "We've been looking to move into a bigger home in a nice area with good schools and a family friendly atmosphere," Lisa wrote. "We felt we found it all when we saw your home on 19th Street."
The Bockhoff house was donated to RNR by Wells Fargo Bank and the city of Richmond. A low-interest loan from West End Bank provided funds needed for the project.
Some other local businesses or organizations assisting with the renovation included First Choice Home Inspections, Indiana Home Staging, Radford's Meat Market & Deli, Queen Bee Confections, Southside Heating & Supply, Lowe's, Georgia Direct, Rose City Nursery, Q7 Associates, J&J Winery, Catron's Glass, A Limb Above, Harrington-Hoch Insurance, Clifton Custom Wood Products and Stegner Restoration. Some provided items or services free or at cost.