This unique home is built in a style influenced by the Stick style and the Queen Anne style. An original photo of the home shows the pointed tower roof above the rectangular form of the north section of the house. It was removed years ago after being damaged in a storm. The house was probably built in 1889, but in any case no later than July 20, 1890, since it appears on the Cairnduff map published on that date.
The home has a high English basement and an entrance to it under the high front entrance porch. Our research shows that the original owner was Hassis. At one point in the history of the home, the porch was enclosed; but it is now open as it was originally. The home sits on an unusually shaped lot so there is a side yard and little space in the back.
Recently the home has undergone a custom paint job which enhances the detailed carpentry. Take note of the many different and unusual windows on the façade of the house. One square surrounded by smaller squares is set into a square form of siding design like a separate box. This window is in a second floor closet. Other windows you can see from the street are an enlarged eyelid window on the third floor and a small triangular shaped window. The siding on the home is clapboard with a special groove only seen on older homes. The horizontal accents on the home take the form of larger wood panels dividing sections of the exterior design. In the front the two windows to the living room have bulls eye moldings and a raised design of fish scale shingles above.
The home is entered through the original door of both glass and wood. This door is in the older style with two narrow glass panels. The floor in the vestibule is the original ceramic. A second door with an oval beveled glass opens into the reception hall. On the wall is an original wooden hall stand for hanging coats. The floor is oak in this area. To the right is the staircase to the second floor and to the left is the entrance to the living room.
In the living room the windows facing the street are three over one and are close together and large in order to let in lots of light. The moldings in these room have simple grooved sides and tops. Because of the date of construction it is probable that the home was lit with gas before electricity was available.
The floors in the rest of the house area hard pine with wide planks. This wood was from virgin forests of old growth wood that is no longer available. It has a fine grain and light natural color. The dining room just off the living room must have been of great importance to the family that built the house. Along the south wall is a semicircle curve with windows on either side of an original hutch that was hidden for years. In this room is the original gas fireplace that was built without a flue. The surround shows the interest in details in wood at this time period.
Off the dining room is a small hallway, storage area and a half bath that were added to the back of the house. Through a doorway you enter the kitchen which has been redesigned to make for most efficient use of the space. All the cabinets are new, as is the central work area. The back door, which is original, opens onto a beautiful deck that is a few steps up to accommodate a parking area below. The windows facing the deck are new and the upper panel was added above the door to bring even more light into the room. The kitchen opens into the front hall and also has an entrance to the basement, which is used as an office.
Back in the front hall again, you come to the staircase that goes up towards the front of the house to a landing with large clear windows. The newel post has decorative floral designs and delicate turned spindles for the balusters. At the landing, the staircase reverses direction and ends up in a central hallway. The moldings at each entrance to the rooms is in the bull’s eye design. On this floor, there are three bedrooms and an updated bath.
The master bedroom is above the dining room and it also has a fireplace. The curved wall has not been used in this room, so the two windows are at sharp angles to the flat wall. Off the back of this room is a sun porch with French doors that is used as a play room. This is part of the addition on the back of the house.
From the hallway is another door which goes to the third floor, probably a renovated attic. The stairs are winding, so please take care as you climb them. At the top of the staircase is a large open room that is used as an office. In this room, you can see some of the unique windows from the inside. A skylight has also been added to capture more daylight. Return down the stairs and out the front entrance.