Stop #8 – The Artistic Bungalows
2200 Block of West Club Boulevard
In the 2200 block of West Club Boulevard are a number of houses which builders and architects in the 1920s referred to as “artistic” bungalows.
Such houses were usually distinguished by special architectural features or details such as fancy brickwork or unusual roof designs, or by classical or revival elements like fluted columns or Tudor half-timbering.
For example, note the use of wire-striated bricks and the low-hipped roof with deep overhanging eaves of the Dr. Thomas Kearn house at 2212 West Club Boulevard.
The Kearn house was built around 1922 by John L. Sally, a successful Durham contractor and builder.
Behind its symmetrical facade is an unusual interior arrangement: The front entry opens into a large living room, while the stair hall is located at the western end of the plan.
Next door at 2216 is a fine example of the English cottage design. This house was for many years the home of the John Calvin Dailey family.
The use of wide clapboards sheathing the second story over a brick-clad first floor evokes the rural English houses of the 16th and 17th centuries.
The bowed roof line over the front entry and central chimney serve to heighten the cottage effect.
Across the street, at 2217 West Club Boulevard, is the John T. Kerr, Jr. House.
This house exhibits the cottage style is a different way. Here the facade is asymmetrical, but the doorway with its eyebrow hood and the tall chimney balance one another.
The house is surprisingly large, but preserves its cottage appearance by presenting a diminutive front to the street.
The Kerr house has several interesting details: exaggerated curved brackets, arts-and-crafts-style pierced decoration in the shutters, and the pergola on the west end of the house (not visible in this picture).
John T. Kerr, Jr. was the manager of the Durham Foundry and Machine Works. His father had the house built for him as a wedding gift in the early 1920s.
The Samuel R. Greene House at 2219 West Club Boulevard is another excellent example of the Craftsman-style bungalow.
Mr. Greene was an official of the Durham Lumber Company and built this house around 1920 at the height of Durham’s biggest building boom.
Despite the simplicity of the Craftsman style, the Greenes spared little expense. The house is quite spacious and very well built.
Note the substantial two-stage brick and granite piers supporting the deep front porch. Inside, a built-in secretary and bookcase surround an elaborate arts-and-crafts living room fireplace.
The interesting multi-gabled roof has a counter-clockwise turning.
Written by Tom Miller.