Henry P. Kransz had this home built in 1910. The contractor was Oscar Peterson who lived at 1409. The architect was Edward Benson. This home is an excellent example of a tract house built between 1910 and 1920. It is an American Four Square type of construction with a basic four rooms on the first floor and four on the second. The living room has been elongated by the enclosing of a portion of the once open front porch.
The house is a jewel in both design and color. It shows the influence of the Craftsman era with straightforward design and accents of beautiful oak woodwork. As you stand in the hallway, you can see that the original design of the doorways was square with simple oak moldings. The entrance to the living room was altered to an arch years ago. The small windows on the east wall are shown to their best effect by the beautiful deep rose walls of the living room. One of the “options” not chosen by the original owner of this house was a fireplace that would have been located between these two windows.
The staircase to the second floor has a simple oak railing reflecting the movement away from curved, ornate detailing. The upstairs hallway has seven doorways to bedrooms, bath and storage. The woodwork upstairs is maple for both floors and moldings.
Unlike many other homes of this era, the dining room is located behind the staircase instead of off the living room. This dining room with beamed ceiling and windows facing the garden is truly elegant. The current owner has redesigned the back entrance. As you enter the garden, enjoy a work of art. The pergola affords a quiet place to enjoy a spectacular garden. It was the winner of the Edgewater Glen Garden Walk Award for 1990.