Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Historic Homes--875 S. 9th St.

Location: 875 S. 9th St

Owners: Mike and Connie Foor, since 2003

Style & History: This American Foursquare home was built in 1912 by Frank and Blanche Bond. Typical of craftsman-era homes, it has wide eaves, substantial brick porch piers, and a hipped roof and dormer. The interior has multiple built-ins and oak woodwork and floors.

What are your favorite features? “We purchased this house because the woodwork had not been painted or stained. It was in its original condition and the hardwood floors with the walnut inlay is great. The kitchen still has the old long farmhouse sink and the windows are still the original with ‘waves.’ The backyard with pond, garage "carriage house" and back building complete with outhouse give the grandkids a fabulous play house. I love to garden and it gives me a challenge because of the huge old trees that create dense shade.”

What work have you done on your house? “We added a two story addition in the back, which gave us a downstairs bathroom and laundry. The upstairs is our family room. We ripped up old linoleum in the kitchen and discovered the original hardwood flooring. We resided the house with cedar siding and took on the painting ourselves so now it’s time to enjoy for awhile.”

What do you like about this area/neighborhood? “The neighbors around us have lived here for a long time which gives the area a stable feel and everyone helps whenever anyone needs anything. It’s safe, family friendly, and only 8 blocks from the square!”

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