This home was built before 1900 and is one of the oldest on our tour. Since it was built in the 1890s, it shows many of the details in craftsmanship that are hard to find today. The home has been partially sided with aluminum. The side gabled roof line allows for extension of a bay on the façade. This is stacked bay with windows on the first and second floor. There are indications that the upper stories of the façade may have been altered to enlarge the turret and create the added detail on the attic window.
The porch extends across the front of the house. On the porch, there are indications that some of the wood detail may have been removed, which is sometimes the case with siding. The current owners have been looking at the façade and considering some of the restoration options for the porch.
The vestibule provides an airlock to keep out the winter cold. There is a bead board wainscoting and a leaded glass window. One surprise is the secret door guest closet, which is barely visible if it is not pointed out.
In the entrance hall, the elegant glass and oak door is outstanding. It is detailed with an egg and dart design. To the right, the staircase to the second floor has the look and feel of Swedish craftsmanship with carved out openings and thin turned wood spindles. The floors are a high quality oak.
Opposite the staircase, the hall opens into the living room. The opening is framed in oak with an extra oak trim that may indicate some details have been removed. A picture molding dropped down from the ceiling creates a division of the wall space and high ceilings. The fireplace is an addition to the room.
A second opening frames the entrance to the dining room. Tucked off to the right is a beautiful built-in hutch in golden oak. Its three part design has sliding glass doors, a china cabinet above and drawers below. There are windows on the outside wall that let light into this lovely room.
At the back of the dining room is the opening to the kitchen. There is a hallway and to the left is the butler’s pantry, which has been adapted to be a powder room. In this room, the original maple floor has been restored. The kitchen was updated in the 1990s. Through the back door, there is a lovely deck and great garden in the yard.
Back in the front hall, you may climb the staircase to the second floor. There are three bedrooms and a bath which are reached through the central hall. The front bedroom opens into the small bedroom which was sometimes called a nursery. This room also opens into the hall. All the woodwork is the original varnish on the second floor. It has a warm golden tone. The floors on the second floor are pine.
The bathroom has been updated with a bead board wainscoting and new fixtures. The back bedroom has the benefit of a window that was moved from downstairs in the kitchen remodeling. With two large windows this is a bright and airy room.