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The director of the Gay Men's Chorus

The day the last contractor left the second Kansas City home Reuben M. Reynolds III and Bill Casey had spent months renovating, they found out they’d be leaving too —for Boston, where Reynolds had been offered the job of music director for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus.

‘‘We moved up here seven years ago, lived in the house for a year, worked with an architect to figure out what we wanted, and moved out for what was supposed to be six months, which turned into a year-and-a-half,’’ says Reynolds. The home Reynolds, 46, and Casey, 41, share didn’t require an extreme makeover. But because it was a rooming house many years ago, the layout needed quite a bit of work, such as taking out some kitchens and bathrooms and removing walls to open up the rooms.

The couple briefly considered Back Bay and Beacon Hill before choosing to live in the South End for its neighborhood feel. They moved into a 138-year-old Victorian brownstone with four floors. It’s the third house that Reynolds and Casey have renovated in their 24 years together, making them more hands-on than most homeowners.

‘‘The process goes really well if you’re there and you get involved,’’ says Casey, a member of the musical theater faculty at Boston Conservatory. ‘‘One thing [the contractor] said to us is the thing they dread most is these absentee owners who turn things over to them and at the end say, ‘I don’t like this, I don’t like that.’ So we were there the whole time.’’

The result is a home that’s warm, stylish, and full of personality. Both men are gracious hosts and raucous storytellers who relish sharing the history of their house, which is also something of a second home for the gay men’s chorus. A piano that Reynolds and Casey use daily sits in front of the windows at one end of the main floor, where rehearsals or informal concerts are sometimes held.

The two rooms on this floor establish motifs that run throughout the house: Family photos are spread out all over, and eclectic artwork from their extensive travels indicates the couple’s passion for auctions and estate sales. The pieces range from cutglass vases and an Annie Leibovitz print to paintings that were bought at a student art show and a midnight garage sale.

With its TV and two long, L-shaped couches, the den is where the couple goes to relax, often with their bulldog, Gertie. The decor is more low-key than in their bedroom, which is just down the hall. On the floor of that room there’s an eye-catching zebra skin and on the bed there’s a buffalo skin — both shot by Reynolds’s brother. A large mahogany bed crafted by a South Carolinian dominates the room. On the back of it there’s a plaque with the date the bed was made and who it was made for. The couple has added another plaque with their names and the date they bought the bed at auction so that its history will be preserved.

Both Georgia natives, Reynolds and Casey exude Southern hospitality. They love to entertain, and spend a great deal of time in the formal dining room and kitchen on the ground floor. Unlike the rest of the house, where antiques are a staple, the kitchen is contemporary and has a Viking range and Sub Zero fridge.

On a wall in the dining room is a painting of ‘‘Eos,’’ which the gay men’s chorus recorded a few years

ago. In the hallway outside, there’s a William Hogarth engraving of ‘‘The Rake’s Progress,’’ upon which one of the couple’s favorite Stravinsky operas is based. The dining room walls are a ruby red and, as in all the rooms of the house, the draperies accent the main color of the room. They were done by Casey’s brother’s partner, who’s an interior decorator.

One day in early April, Reynolds and Casey were expecting 50 guests that night for cocktails. ‘‘What we love more than anything is sitting home and having dinner. I love to cook,’’ says Reynolds. ‘‘The idea for this room was to be a jewel box, a really intimate space. The walls are padded so it’s very quiet at night. We can sit and just have a wonderful time.’’

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