Category Archives: Drag Queen Architecture

Bungalow Poses as Log Cabin

What obviously started out as a Craftsman style bungalow in the ‘teens or 1920’s now has now donned the apparel of a log cabin.  Or something meant to convey the impression of a log cabin. Rounded wood siding is presumably intended to look like logs.  The masonry porch piers survive unmolested and stand as testament to a previous aesthetic.  Triangular knee braces also survive beneath the eaves, though stripped of original paint and stained to resemble the “logs”.  The porch supports atop the masonry piers appear to have an unnecessarily complex composition; wouldn’t a real log cabin just use a tree trunk (log) to support the porch roof?  Why stack up a bunch of short “logs” and bind them with corner boards?  The massive fireplace chimney shrouded in flagstone… well, it just seems to fit with everything else.

 

A Craftsman bungalow trapped in the body of a “log cabin”.

 

Two trellises attempt to compensate for the loss of the front window.

 

Extreme Makeover c. 1972 “Reimagined” in 2017

History does repeat itself, does it not?  This hapless house has had a hellacious history.  After being stripped of its true identity in the early 70’s and given a quasi-Colonial/Second Empire identity, this tragic structure has now been “reimagined” in a manner utterly void of any stylistic influence at all (save the few surviving remnants… Continue Reading

Former Italianate Feigns Colonial Past

Looking like something out of a post-war subdivision, this ostensibly Colonial Revival four-plex would have gotten away with its charade if it hadn’t been for those meddling architectural sleuths that happened upon it!  Located just a block away from the gloriously monolithic historic preservation endeavor known as the Cross House, the facade looks a bit newer… Continue Reading

Neo-Mediterranean Makeover of Former Queen Anne

Dating to the 1970’s, this remodeling of a former Queen Anne style house into a Neo-Mediterranean showplace is strangely captivating some 40-odd-years later. The original c. 1900 Queen Anne feautured clapboard siding and boxed eaves which were arched and shingled in the gables for interest.  At some point – possibly in the 1920’s – the clapboard siding… Continue Reading