This American Foursquare was built in 1907, with the same permit date as the Kransz home at 1502 Glenlake – April 13, 1907. It was built by the B.F. Weber Company and was on the same permit as the homes at 1440 Glenlake and 1514 Glenlake. The cost of the three homes was given at $18,700, so each one was about $6,000. The original address was 858 Glenlake.
The façade has recently undergone a restoration of the front porch and the entrance is now in keeping with the original from the early part of the last century. It is built of brick. The columns on the porch are Doric and the balusters are in a straight simple design. There is a bay on the first floor and a window to the left of the door. On the second floor the bay is repeated. On the porch roof is a decorative railing. At the third floor is a front dormer.
The front door opens into a large room which was created by the removal of the wall between the foyer and the living room. The reception hall is unique because of its central fireplace. The wood is oak, though some of the wood work surrounding the fireplace has been added. On either side of the hearth are two beautiful stained glass windows with simple arts and crafts design.
At the end of the room is the elegant staircase with turned spindles and four newel posts, one at each turn in the stairway. This was carefully stripped by the current owners when they bought the house in 1969.
The kitchen and dining room were the original back of the home. The dining room has a stained glass window that matches the two in the front. It retains the feeling of an early twentieth century room. It once had a window overlooking the yard.
The kitchen has been updated, but the original maple floors have been retained. At the back of the kitchen, there was a back door and a pantry, which have been removed. The home also had a second stairway to the second floor. With the removal of this staircase, the family was able to create a first floor powder room just off the kitchen.
Across the back of the home is the family room. The room features planked flooring and a fireplace, along with built in bookshelves. It connects to both the kitchen and dining room. Throughout the home, the original six panel doors have been retained and refinished or striped and repainted.
The staircase to the second floor opens onto a large center hallway. The are four bedrooms off of this hallway and a full bath, which is characteristic of an American Foursquare. The master bedroom is in the front. Again, because of the closing off of the second staircase, the owners were able to add a bathroom to the master bedroom. All the floors are the original oak. The attic has been finished. This lovely home shows a classical American style.