Living in the Past

The Oregonian: 04.03.08

Sometimes it's easy to forget that the turn-of-the-(last)-century bungalow is one of the original American small, cool homes. And it wasn't necessarily all about minimalism back then; if a house was spare, it was likely because the occupants couldn't afford to fill it. But most of the time the bungalows of grandparents and aging folks is anything but spare.

So instead of taking a bungalow and transforming it to a more modern space, recently retired Robert and Melissa Hogan decided to embrace the aesthetic of their parents and grandparents, and not only restore, but actually historically preserve their 1914 home.

They outfitted their kitchen with a wood and gas burning stove. They had their wall paint professionally aged to mimic the effects of 100 years of wood smoke and exposure. Wallpaper, photos and even a set of encyclopedias all date back to the time of the house's build. All of the kitchen details are nickel, since chrome hadn't been invented yet in 1914.

Only the bedroom breaks the mold, designed in an antique Turkish style. But even that is conceivable in the home of, perhaps, an eccentric retired adventurer.

Images: Marv Bondarowicz for The Oregonian