Likely built in the 1920’s, this former Craftsman style bungalow had been given a stylish makeover in the mid-twentieth century in a presumed effort to make the house look more like a contemporary ranch style. While the jaunty lines of the carport were at odds with the more sober Craftsman-era proportions, I found the two disparate styles appealing when I first photographed the house fourteen years ago. I’ve long been fascinated by houses which are so schizophrenically altered! At the time I remembered thinking that it would not be long before someone neutered the house; it was just too interesting and exuberant for it to survive intact in its north-central Kansas location.
The house was extensively altered when the carport was added – a veneer of brick, iron porch supports and new doors and windows were among the many changes made during the update. Alterations at the rear of the house continued the mid-century modern theme; large glass picture windows revealed aqua-hued kitchen appliances within. Unfortunately I did not get a photo of that, and today the kitchen has been “normalized”. It took longer than I thought, but the exterior of the house was eventually neutered. Given the distinctly mid-century brick veneer and carport planter, it’s not likely that the house will ever attain a Craftsman appearance again, so from a preservation point of view the best option would have been to keep the house as it was when first remodeled. Recent alterations appear to emphasize the Craftsman character through exterior paint colors while mid-century design features have been squelched.
First we’ll explore the exterior as it was – the last photos will show that what had been the most interesting feature is now the least: