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2001 Home Tour


3144 NE 15th Avenue
A 1912 Shingled Bungalow

This deceptively modest looking Arts & Crafts style bungalow was built by Harry F. Jahn for his family in 1912.  The exterior of the house displays both Craftsman features in the roof brackets and conspicuous rafter tails and elements of Shingle Style Victorian and Colonial Revival in the Classical detailing on the front gable and around the curving front bay.  With its large trees and mature plantings, this house epitomizes the sense of stability and security characteristic of historic neighborhoods like Irvington.

When the current owners acquired the house in 1997, much of the house's charm was obscured by a coat of white paint that covered everything, both inside and out.  In addition to extensive updating of mechanical systems, kitchen and baths, the owners took the house back to its Arts & Crafts roots with contrasting colors on the exterior to highlight the decorative elements and wonderful bright colors in the interior to showcase their collection of period furnishings.  Extensive restoration of interior detailing, including woodwork that was too badly damaged to simply be refinished and had to be replaced, completed the make-over of the original 3-bedroom 1-bath first floor.

The most exciting change to the house, however, was the stunning transformation of the previously unfinished second floor into a rec-room/entertainment center plus guest bedroom and spare bath.  In this great new space, well placed, illuminated niches display the owners' collection of sports memorabilia, and a full bar provides for entertaining.  This was all accomplished without altering the exterior appearance of the house.  A fine, spacious house was transformed into a exceptional one, one that will serve modern lifestyles while preserving its historic integrity.




Shade from one of the established trees keeps the house cooler in the warm afternoon sun and creates a bit of magic in the dappling of light and shade.





The gracious bay window with Classical styled "dentil mouldings" faces a small extension of the front porch.


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