This caramel colored brick corner house might be called the house of stained glass. It is an American Foursquare with elements of the Prairie School design such as the ribbon windows with stained glass designs. The original front porch may have been divided in two to extend the living room with a sun porch. As it is now the entrance porch is open and a square about the size of the front entrance door. The roof is accented with four dormers with wide overhanging eves and ribbon windows. The architect for this home is unknown. The property was purchased by Andrew Kircher on July 19, 1915.
The beautiful front door has a stained glass design based on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is not original to the house and was crafted from the single center piece. The sidelights on either side of the door are replicas of the center element.
In the reception hall, a ribbon window with three stained glass designs adds a colored light to the space. The center window design seems to be a torch and a wreath and the two side windows are simple geometric shapes. The living room has a wide entrance which is closed off by French doors. There is another entrance to the living room. In this room along the fireplace wall, a previous owner created a design to incorporate book shelves and an arched soffit. The doors to the book shelves were found under the porch, and the stained glass repaired and reinstalled. Here the glass is mostly clear with organic colored accents resembling flowers.
The dining room is towards the back of the house and has two stained glass windows in a grape design on either side of a space that might have held a sideboard. The windows are a combination of organic shapes and geometric divisions. The space between them holds a recess in the wall. The only remnant of what was once there was a broken mirror left in the basement. This room opens onto a small room created from the back porch with a spiral staircase.
The kitchen has not been updated, but is in the galley kitchen style with cabinets along one wall. A previous owner stopped by for a visit and said that there used to be a pantry at one end, which may explain the two doors to the kitchen. The pantry has been removed and a half-bath installed. At the back of the kitchen is a “mud” room which is quite nice with a bench, bead board wainscoting and a stained glass along the dividing wall to add more light to the room the stained glass was designed and created by the owner, Steve.
The staircase to the second floor in the entrance hall has three stained glass windows that form a bay window. The glass is mostly clear with organic designs of flowers and leaves similar to the grape designs in the dining room.
On the second floor there is a central hall which originally opened to three bedrooms and a hall bath. The large master bedroom extends across the front of the house. It has a beautiful beveled glass window on the door that opens onto what could be an upper deck above the front sun porch. The window was created by the owner based of the design elements of those on the front door. The two back bedrooms were combined and as the room of teenagers will not be opened.
You may ascend to the third floor which has been finished as a master bedroom suite. In the dormers the small windows have “Y” shaped mullions except those on the east side which seemed to have been destroyed over the years. The symmetry of the space with the dormers is beautiful. A full bathroom was added towards the front of the house.