This home is the oldest on our tour. Built in 1895, it is one of five constructed on Lakewood that year. The cost of construction was $2,000. The original family lived in it until last year.
As you look at the façade, note the octagonal shape to the right and the long sloping roof on the left. This, along with much of the detailing, indicates the Queen Anne style. A smaller front porch was replaced with the enclosed one in the 1920s.
Recent renovations completed by the current owners of the home has uncovered much of its history. The original siding was narrow board. Sometime before the 1920s it was covered with stucco. In the 1940s, the stucco was removed and the home was covered with asphalt siding. The old siding was removed last year and all new wood siding installed. The horizontal banded divisions of the design of the home have been enhanced by the painting blue and green hues with cream and black accents on the exterior.
As you enter the home, you will see a beautiful restoration and renovation. The floors are top nailed white oak with inlaid cherry and mahogany. Note the unusual curved design of the oak woodwork. In the hallway, two small beveled glass windows were uncovered in the restoration. The light fixture is original.
The parlor at the front of the house features the original fireplace with oak mantel and grooved columns and original tiles. The coved ceiling has been accented with a molding and the Charles Morris wallpaper, from the Bradbury and Bradbury collection, enhances the room with a border above.
The dining room has a small stained glass window to catch the light from the south. The room has been opened up with the removal of a butlers pantry and the addition of French doors onto a new porch.
The kitchen has undergone a complete renovation. The beadboard wall panels give it an old fashioned flavor. The new floor is stained and painted in a geometric design.
The staircase is all oak with carved newel post and twisted balustrades. At the base of the stairs is a built in bench. On the landing is a beautiful original stained glass and at the top is an original light fixture.
On the second floor, the front room and the adjoining bedroom have been restored. This was probably the master bedroom. The woodwork design is the same as downstairs, in pine instead of oak. The light fixtures are replicas of the period. In the back hallway, you can see the master bedroom and two adjoining bathrooms. The third floor is a new office and great room, paneled in beadboard. The small room was originally the maid’s room.
This beautiful restoration and renovation was done by Presentation Design Associates.