Urban Castle


When walking through German Village, this well-known historic landmark catches your eye. Jim Keny, of Keny Galleries, and his four children call this Jaeger street castle home. Through the skills of Judith Politi Interior Design, this home has changed its disposition. The use of color and texture allowed the integrity of the home to shine. The artwork and historic collections seen throughout the home add an air of sophistication, purpose and place.

Jim and his brother Tim opened Keny Galleries in 1980. Through the years, Jim has collected well-respected works of art—historic and contemporary. From the Alice Schille watercolors showcased in the living room to the Edmund Kuehn clad study, Jim’s joie de vivre is apparent.

The 25th anniversary show of Columbus’ oldest fine art gallery celebrates the art of collecting. In the Keny household, collections of children’s artwork, grandmother’s linens, great grandfather’s barware and family photos all have an important place within this home. When highlighted, they may be given the respect and contemplative attention they deserve.

As important as fine art and history is to Jim, the weights that balance his life are placed on family and friends. From family barbeques on the front patio to fireside wine toasts and conversations in the study, the home functions with ease and grace.