Fernwood Craftsman Bungalow

The plans for this Fernwood, Mississippi craftsman bungalow are in the William T. Nolan Office Records collection at Tulane University’s South Eastern Architectural Archives.  The recently conserved plans were featured in the just past bungalow exhibit.  Here is what information was provided along with the plans.

Nolan & Torre. Bungalow for Fernwood Lumber Company. [1023 Dogwood Drive], Fernwood, MS. Undated. William T. Nolan Office Records.

Fernwood Lumber sought to attract skilled laborers for its round-the-clock mill operations by developing a company town with its own churches, schools and bungalow residences. Its employees worked 10-hour days.

Conservation Note: This architectural rendering was soiled, torn and creased prior to its recent conservation. New Orleans Book & Paper Lab flattened creases, repaired tears and filled substrate losses.


From Southeastern Architectural Archive’s Bungalows exhibit 2015. from http://libguides.tulane.edu/ld.php?content_id=10111567;. Accessed 6/15/2015.


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18 replies

  1. This was fascinating–what an interesting piece of information in the bungalow pdf booklet! I especially liked the “plein air” sleeping porch and the “small houses tend to solve the servant problem” design. But, where is Fernwood, MS?


  2. What a great exhibit–I hate I never was able to make it down there. Will it be showing anywhere else?


    • There were not any plans at the time of my visit for the exhibit to be shown anywhere else. I suggested that there would be some interest on the gulf coast specifically in the Bay-Waveland area where so many of the designs were built.


  3. All this time, I’ve been describing all of those kinds of brackets as “triangular knee braces” or “triangular brackets” and the exposed rafters as “decorative” or “carved.” I’ll have to print these pages out and learn some new architectural terms!


    • I’m not certain they are architectural terms but possibly model or branding names for brackets and rafter tail designs from the Lafayette Sash and Door Factory. But these names would certainly go a long way in helping describe a shape of bracket or rafter tail.


  4. Thomas, we are in the process of disassembling a 1922 Greenwood bungalow and will be using the elements to build a new one in Holmes County. I would love to get your opinion on whether this house was a common design or was, as family legend has it, created from a picture my grandmother found in a “movie star magazine!”


    • The American bungalow phenomena did start out in California. I am not familiar with the type of bungalows featured in 1920s movie star magazines so I’m not sure I could say if that is where the design of your bungalow might have originated. Maybe the magazine featured an ad for mail order house plans?


  5. Thanks much for mentioning the exhibit!


  6. My family moved from McComb into this house when I was four, approx. 1938, when my father, W.T. Denman,Jr., went to work for Enochs Lumber Co. It had been previously occupied by the L.E. Ramsey family, co-owners of Enochs Lumber. I believe the house had been built for them, but when I don’t know when. We lived there until c. 1945. Great house!


  7. This is my family and what history we have in this tiny peaceful town. I wish we could get someone to clear out the trees between the street and railroad tracks so others can enjoy The Enochs House and this house. Thank you Denver for keeping the family informed with what is going on with our family homes.


  8. My family currently resides in this house in Fernwood. We have always known that there is a tremendous amount of history associated with this house. This is part of what attracted us to this home. We are getting ready to begin the first stages of restoration and have not been sure where to find original home plans. We would love to try to restore it to as much of its original splendor as possible. This gives us a starting point. Thanks for the information. We love this house!!!


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