This lovely American Foursquare home and the two to the north were built by E. Sieben in 1905 at a cost of $7,400 for all three. The builder was Lutch. All three homes have front porches and bay windows. The developer of these homes made an effort to distinguish them by a few simple details. This home and the one next door have modified turrets above the bay windows. The home next door has a low railing on the roof of the front porch. The columns on the porches show variations. At this home they are full size Doric columns. The two homes to the north are shorter columns on brick or stone bases. These modifications were made possible by the development in the late 19th century of home patterns and machine-made details. By the time this home was built, the trend was towards simplification. Except for the front, the sides of the building are flat.
As you enter the front hall, you will see a miraculous reconstruction of a stair banister. The current owners bought this neglected home in 1983 as part of an estate. As house detectives, they noticed many alterations to the original plan. The primary change was the replacement of the stair rail and newel post with wrought iron. A tour to the attic located the original posts and the reconstruction became a possibility. The plain straight spindles are original as is the newel post. Other alterations included the unusual three-faceted doorways which separate the hall from the living room, the living room from the dining room and the dining room from the kitchen. The opening between the dining room and the living room has been restored to the original with replacement oak moldings. The original crown moldings can be seen above several of the windows. The oak floor in matching golden tones gives a warm feeling to the space.
The dining room hutch had been removed and also left in pieces in the attic. The focal point of this room, however, is the leaded glass doorway to the addition. The design is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright and was done by Robert T. Seitz of Harmony Art Glass.
The kitchen has been totally remodeled and it connects to the beautiful addition on the back. The design creates an open flowing space to the outside from the kitchen to the deck. The original pantry had been changed to a powder room, probably in the 1940s, when some of the other remodeling was done. The current owners have updated it using the oak moldings to create continuity. The hallway area has no closet; perhaps the original owners used an armoire on the large wall. In the addition, you will notice the bead board ceiling in natural wood. Please exit through the deck and backyard and enjoy the beautifully designed exterior space with brick walkway.