Rosalind Cox takes pride in her home. The façade of the two-story home does not reveal the interesting characteristics of the interior. The front entrance has a wooden porch displaying the American flag. You enter through a small hallway where jackets are hung. The first floor has two rooms with windows looking out to the street. The kitchen, a small butler pantry, and dinning area are in the back of the home. Stairs in the main living area lead on to three bedrooms and one bathroom. The biggest room on the second floor has huge windows looking out to the street. Rosalind decorates her home to match the dark wood.
The house was built in 1900. The architect was J. Leiser. The cost of the building was $2,200.00. It has been heavily renovated since its construction. Although advertised as a duplex when it was sold to Rosalind in 2005, we found no concrete evidence to support that claim. The house features a prominent central staircase that leads from the living room to the second floor. The first floor consists of a living room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, and small entryway from a side door. The second floor has two smaller bedrooms that are currently being used as office/recreation space, a large master bedroom, and a bathroom. There is a small staircase leading to the attic, which runs the length of the house and has a small finished room in the front of the house. The house has a full, mostly unfinished basement that has been subdivided into several smaller rooms. At some point in time, a bathroom was added and a room in the southwest corner was partially finished (linoleum floor installed, interior walls painted).
Three parallel bays define the interior organization of the house. The front bay is made of the formal entrance and living space, the middle bay is made of the staircase while the back bay contains kitchen and other service spaces. These bays define a sequential interior layout that connects the front to the back of the house.
The house had renovation work done by Habitat for Humanity. Most recently, a replacement fence was constructed around the side and back of the house. At some point, vinyl siding was installed, and few original wood windows remain. Although the interior walls and ceilings have been reworked/refinished, the layout of the interior does not appear to have changed significantly over time. There is a window at the back of the second floor of the house, which extends to the floor, indicating that it was originally a door. On the exterior of the building there is a corner indentation on the first floor featuring original wooden trim from what appears to have been a porch or a staircase leading up to the door on the second floor. The master bedroom runs the entire width of the front of the house, so it is very large. We did not see evidence of any original wall dividing it in half. A tile wall and jacuzzi bathtub were installed in the northwest corner of the master bedroom at some point.
Rosalind Cox home, documentation by Juliana Glassco, Tessa Begay and Matthew Honer, June 2014.
Rosalind Cox describes her home.