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Wednesday
Feb162011

Show us your Ardmore model bungalow

I've been househunting in bungalow-rich neighborhoods of NW DC and close-in Maryland suburbs, and, between browsing online real estate listings and, for another project, combing the wonderful collection of digitised early-20th-century kit house plans here,

(Picture from http://www.antiquehomestyle.com)

I happened to notice that a tiny bungalow that's for sale in Shepherd Park appears to be the Standard Homes Company's Ardmore model, as is its neighbor two doors down. Here are the two Shepherd Park houses, on Holly Street (screenshots from Google Maps):

 

And then yesterday I was driving through Takoma, DC, and noticed two more side-by-side on Aspen Street (above). Although the one on the left has had its porch detailing sided away, they're clearly two of a kind. This got me wondering how many other Ardmores are scattered around the area. I'll definitely be on the lookout, but meanwhile, let me know if you have this model of house, in the DC area or elsewhere. What's your floorplan like? Has it changed from the original layout? Have you restored one of these? Comment here or email me if you're willing to share pics and stories.

Finding a clutch of Ardmores also made me think what fun it would be to map the distribution of particular kit-house models on a large scale. I know a lot of work has been done over the years identifying kit houses, especially Sears models, by a few specialists and a lot of individual homeowners. Wouldn't it be cool to aggregate all that data and geolocate it? Then we could see the distribution of companies' plans and the popularity of particular models on a national, regional or hyperlocal scale, and take a look in G'maps at what these houses look like today. Even better would be to link owners' photos and restoration/remodeling tales to the mapped data. Hmmm.....

 

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Reader Comments (2)

We live in a neighborhood of kit bungalows, but I haven't found anyone who knows anything more about them, not even the folks who did all the work to get us Historic District status. Maybe you should come visit and teach us a thing or two...

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeg

meg, that sounds like an *excellent* excuse for a visit to warmer climes.

February 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterCarin
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