Abe Aamidor has a short piece in this weeks' Indianapolis Star on the recent restoration of a 1920 Arts & Crafts home in that city's Southside neighborhood.
This Southside Arts and Crafts home looks much the way it did when it welcomed its first family in 1920.The one-story bungalow has the same yellow bricks and clapboard siding painted in period Rookwood antique gold, and even the original wood storm windows and storm doors have been retained, or faithfully restored where necessary.This is neither McMansion nor artifact of some famous, long-dead architect.But it is everything home ought to be, says Paul Krasnovsky, director of choral activities at the nearby University of Indianapolis, who has owned the property for more than 20 years.Yet he didn't always feel that way."When I first looked at this house, I didn't want to buy it," said the divorced father of two."The previous owner had layers of drapes on the windows. It was so dark and constrictive. And the carpets just smelled."Even worse, an earlier owner had cut down the bottoms of several interior doors so they could clear the thick shag carpeting she had installed. Krasnovsky ripped out all the carpets and was pleasantly surprised to find original wood flooring in good condition underneath.
photograph by Gary Moore for The Star