This home is constructed with side gables and a front dormer and is unlike most of the other houses on this street. The permit for this home was taken out on April 28, 1896. The original owner, Luther C. Auld, purchased the property in 1895. Mr. Auld was listed in the 1897 City Directory as living there with Sarah Auld, widow of William Auld. Because of the early date of these transactions, the actual address of the home was 843 Edgewater Place, but this was not correctly transferred when the Ancient Permit file was created. We were not able to find the builder or architect.
From the sidewalk you can see the original design. Since the front porch had once been enclosed, this new restoration was done in keeping with the time of construction, but following the new building code, which requires a higher handrail. The front window design is original with one large pane of glass in the center and two side windows. Above the large pane may have been a beveled glass design or a stained glass design. The original storm windows are installed on these windows.
Above the porch is the front dormer, with a decorative pediment in fish scale shingles. It may be that this triangular area originally had shingles like the home next door. There is also a small dormer with a small window on the front. When you see the inside, its function will be clearer.
The entrance hall includes the beautifully restored staircase to the second floor. The spindles and stairs are in their original color. The newel post is also original. The oak floors are new and were the best solution for the floors, because the original had been painted and covered with tile.
From this reception area you enter the living room through an arch to a cozy room with a replacement fireplace in the corner. A squared opening leads to the dining room with a bay window. Each window is installed separately, indicating an earlier date of construction. At the back of this room is a doorway that was once the back door but now opens to the addition.
The next room was added by the family who owned the home in the 1950s. It has windows all around and is basically a family room for relaxing. Another doorway connects it to the kitchen. A recent owner added to this addition with a mud room and bath with a shower. It is hard to imagine the home without this space, as it is so important for family living.
The kitchen is in the configuration of the 1970s with updated appliances. The cabinets probably date from the same period. It is large enough for eating in. The windows are the originals.
Back in the front hall you will go up to the second floor. Notice the original floors throughout the second floor. They are fir, a hard wood used in many early homes. Rather than the soft pine of today, this wood was from virgin forests in either Michigan or Wisconsin and is irreplaceable.
At the top of the stairs are two children’s bedrooms. Down the hall is the bathroom, which has been updated with bead board wainscoting. There are no windows in this bathroom and from the outside it appears to be a box sitting on the back of the house. Perhaps the bathroom was relocated or expanded when the 1950s addition was put on. Just to the left of the staircase is a den and study.
To the right of the staircase is the little room with the little window. The Quinns decided to open up this area in order to improve both the staircase and the attic, which is now the master bedroom. So the little window opened into a very small bedroom; now it is the origin of the staircase to the third floor. When you get to the top floor, you will see that care was taken in the design of this room to show the original beams that support the roof. In order to build on this level, extra reinforcing of the building’s structure was done. The floors on this level have new wide plank boards.
Return down the main staircase and go through the kitchen to the wonderful deck and backyard.