Living in the Past

The Oregonian: 04.03.08

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Images: Marv Bondarowicz for The Oregonian

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