This home has been an important neighborhood landmark for decades, because it is one of three versions of the same house built by Bostrom and Olson. The homes were neither built at the same time nor on the same permit. This one was built in 1904.
The home has been fully restored in keeping with the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of a whole house in a completely unified design. The original shingles on the upper stories have been replaced with care and the narrow board siding below painted in a slightly different color. The front porch columns have composite capitals which look like ionic columns in four directions. This detail is also found at the second floor on either side of the windows that create a focal point on the façade. Note the small diamond designed windows and the low railing that is called a widows walk. All of this detailing adds interest to the façade.
The entrance is through the original front door into a vestibule and then into the larger reception hall. All the woodwork on the first floor has been stained a deep color with a hint of red. The reception area includes a bay window as well as the staircase with straight spindles that leads to the second floor. Note the unique light fixture.
The living room has an addition of a fireplace, and two windows on the south wall to allow more light into the room. The design in this room is based on the crane which is seen in the unusual light fixture and on the mantel. This room opens into the dining room with beamed ceiling and south facing windows. Between the two rooms are replacement pocket doors, which were made to duplicate the other doors in the home. All the doors have oval hardware that has been restored.
The east wall of the dining room has two small windows that are on either side of the French doors with beveled glass. At one time, this was the back of the house and there was a small porch off the dining room. With the restoration, the most recent version of the porch was removed and a den added to expand the living space.
Among the additions to the den are a built-in cabinet for the TV and music system. Above this cabinet are two more south facing windows. A half-wall separates the den from the kitchen. All the woodwork in this room has been made to match the rest of the house.
The kitchen was expanded and redesigned to be in keeping with the Arts and Crafts style of the home. There is a central counter and all the cabinets are cherry. At the back of the house is a bench and storage area. The floors in the addition are oak that has been stained and blended to match the original floor in the front of the house.
The second floor of the home is reached from the front reception hall. There is maple flooring throughout the second floor and cherry wood trim around the doors and windows, replicating the original. At the front are two bedrooms and at the rear is the master bedroom which opens onto a balcony overlooking the back yard. The master bath with both a tub and shower has taken up what was once a very small bedroom. It was featured in Home Magazine.
An additional surprise was the third floor attic room that is finished in its original bead board with dark stain. There are two dormer windows in this room facing the front of the house. They have a diamond design that duplicates the small windows on the second floor.