Among the first offerings by the Radford Architectural Company, Design No. 509 appeared in the company’s debut publication, “The Radford American homes : 100 house plans”, in 1903. Later marketed as Design No. 1509, the design was offered for many years and was quite popular.
A reader in North Dakota shares photos of his customized variant of this design; it differs from the published version in that the upper half-story is a few feet taller — making it closer to a full second story (with fewer areas of sloping ceilings). There are also a few subtle exterior differences — including an open gable on the front porch — but the house is otherwise essentially as designed by Radford. The sepia-toned image above shows this house shortly after construction.
When purchased several years ago, the house was quite overgrown and neglected. The homeowners are making great progress in returning the house to its previous condition. To better appreciate the subtle difference in the North Dakota house from that of others, we’ll first take a look at two other example of the 1509 which have the shorter second story: