This golden brick two-flat was built in 1901 by the family of Mrs. Helen Hindberg. The architect was C.M. Almquist. Originally there was a single family home on the east side of this two-flat that was part of a small development to the east, but it was demolished two years ago. The original homes on the street were single family; two-flats like this one were probably built later; and the larger corner unit even later. However, 1901 is an early date for a two-flat. No zoning rules were in force when the two-flats were built next to the single family homes.
The façade shows that attention was paid to the details, especially on the cornice which draws the eye upwards. Just below the projecting cornice is a design on the fascia board that has been highlighted with a light turquoise. Just above this are large dentils. Limestone is used decoratively as a band above the windows on each floor and also at the base. The building sits on a wide lot and has a strong appearance from the street. There are stacked bay windows in the front with the front porch to the side. The pillars to the porch are brick, which requires much less maintenance than wood. The front door is original as is the hardware.
The unit you will see is on the first floor and it has been duplexed to the lower floor. There is a reception hall which opens into the living room. The floors are oak and all the windows have their window moldings. All around the room is the original high baseboard. The woodwork has been painted white. The fireplace is a replacement that has a raised design which is matched in the window moldings. The area connected to the living room is the dining area which has been left as open space.
This also has a bay window. Off of the dining area is a small meditation room with a maple floor. In many older homes and apartments maple flooring was used for bedrooms and kitchens. This was a small bedroom originally, but the opening has been made wider. A doorway from this room goes to the lower floor.
The lower floor has been finished with two bedrooms and a bath. They take up the space of the living and dining area on the floor above. The master bedroom is open to view. The bathroom is newly redone with walk-in steam shower.
Back on the first floor, there is a full bath and an office off the hallway to the rear. When this was a single family unit, this served as a bedroom. At the back of the unit, the kitchen has been expanded and updated. Originally, the kitchen may have been in the space on the left side and a bedroom on the right. Now it opens to an eating area and to the back of the building. Just before you go onto the deck there is a sun room with a wet bar to make using the deck more convenient.
The kitchen was redone four years ago with dark granite counter tops and stainless steel kitchen appliances along with a travertine mosaic tile for a back splash. The back sun room was converted into a wet bar and entertaining area with the same style cabinetry and granite as the kitchen but with a stainless steel mosaic back splash, extra sink and wine cooler. The tour ends by exiting the rear French doors, down the deck and out the side entrance to the front.