I’m deep in the middle of a months-long project to geo-code my photo library, and it’s been a sometimes tedious, but often fun exercise in re-discovering pictures I took a while back and intended to do something with but then forgot about. Last night, I came across these two little beauties that I photographed back in January 2013 in the 400 block of S. Washington Ave. in Greenville. It was a decent mid-winter day, but as you can see, the light in January is not great for architectural photography. The essential Craftsmaniness comes through loud and clear, though. In fact, it seems to me whatever craftsman worked on these two houses must have been getting paid by how many places he could find to sneak in a Craftsman-style element. Purlins? check. Wide eaves? check. Clipped gables? check, tons of them! Short battered porch columns? Triangular knee braces? Texture? Flared wing walls? check, check, check, aaaaaand, check. But WAIT! What about decorative wooden screens in the porch gable ends? YES, just right!
I think of these as twins, but really, they only have that one very distinguishing feature in common. There are other nice Craftsmen bungalows on this same street–take a tour yourself on one of these fine Spring days (once the rain stops) or glide down the street via Google Streetview.