Magnolia Craftsman

Pike County’s seat of government has a number of interesting 19th-century buildings, and, as Suzassippi has shared here, a 1930s post office with not one but three murals. There’s enough to catch the eye that maybe these two Craftsman bungalows, almost across the street from each other, right on the main drag, can get lost. But today they’re the stars of the show.

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This one has many features pointed out as “typical elaborations” by Virginia McAlester in A Field Guide to American House: gabled dormer, triangular knee braces, short battered porch columns atop tall piers rising from the ground, a shorter pier without a post, grouped windows, and curved shaped frieze between porch columns. Also notice the porte cochere and the probably original garage behind.

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This is a “Side-gabled Variant” as defined by McAlester: “About one-third of Craftsman house are of this subtype. Most are one and one-half stories high with center ed shed or gable dormers. Porches are generally contained under the main roof . . . This subtype is most common in the northeastern and midwestern states.” Plus, noticed the wide eaves, gabled dormer with eaves that seem to jut out forever, exposed roof beams, exposed rafters, and those amazing geometric-patterned windows!


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Categories: Architectural Research, Magnolia


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