|The house as built by the Morton family in 1902.||Claude Morton ~1899||Jessie & Aline Morton~1899|
|The house as viewed from Maple Avenue ~ 1905||Close up ~ 1905||Jessie and her children, Austin & Jessie, enjoy a backyard picnic circa 1905.|
By this date the Mortons had expanded not only their family, but also their first floor living space by turning the front porch into rooms. They added a new front porch, much smaller in size than the original.
|The house as viewed from Maple Avenue ~ 1929||Closer view of the post-1929 house.|
This photo of the house as viewed from Maple Avenue was taken after 1929, as you can see that there is now a house next door to the Mortons.
The Family – 1930’s
|The Morton family on the front porch in the 1930’s|
Note that the photo was processed backwards as the house number appears as 312.
|Front view||Back view|
When we purchased the house in 1987, it was painted mint green with flamingo pink front and rear doors. At some point the Lindholms, who owned the house prior to us, replaced the wood front porch and railing with stone and wrought iron.
|Kitchen before||Kitchen after|
The lovely 1950’s era kitchen as it looked when we moved in, and after removal of wall paper and painting the walls.
As the front, side and back of the house looked after it was painted in 1988.
Expansion – 1991
As our family expanded,
|With the porch removed||Construction||The updated view!|
By 2003, we were ready to remove the totally inappropriate front porch and put it back to something more historically appropriate. A project that was supposed to take three weeks, according to the contractor (so we allowed six weeks) ended up taking over five months. On the plus side, since we missed the window of opportunity for our painters to do the exterior, Jim and I had all winter to contemplate the eight paint colors which ultimately went on the house in the spring of 2004.
|Off with the old||Digging a foundation||The original cistern|
2007 brought some major disruption to our lives – an addition off the back of the house. The old “new” addition came off, and excavation began for the foundation. The most interesting find in the back yard was the existence of the original cistern, which was in remarkable condition. Unfortunately it was right where the new basement was going to be located, and so it had to be removed.
|During construction||The new addition||The galley kitchen|
Construction continued, and by April I was left with a small galley kitchen. Fortunately, it had all the necessities – stove, refrigerator and sink.
|Progress||Only a sink left|
By mid-May, all I was left with – literally – was the kitchen sink.
But all of that faded from memory as I began to enjoy the new kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and conservatory in July. New french doors in the dining room open out onto the recycled plastic lumber deck, which creates a wonderful outdoor living space in addition to the interior space we have gained. Once the planting beds are completed this summer, we will definitely have our own urban oasis.
Each year, the city of Webster Groves recognizes projects that exemplify excellent design. In 2008, our addition received the Architecture Award of Excellence.