3624 Glenwood (1984)


A corner of woods in the middle of town must have been the dream of the original owner, who designed this lot with a band of rhododendrons and spring-flowering woodland plants in the late 1920s. In the 1930s he hired architect Bloodgood Tuttle, a local architect of some note, to lay out a colonial style house with low-ceilinged rooms.


The entry foyer opens to each ground floor room except the kitchen. The living room features a handsome black marble fireplace, and on the far side an elegant bow window overlooks a flagstone path and the private woods. A door beside the hearth leads to a cozy porch which the present (second) owner has enclosed to create an all-season room.


Each Tuttle-designed house is said to bear his hallmark: an octagonal room. In this home it is the dining room. The original pullman kitchen, designed for an era when servants handled the housework, has been completely modernized and enlarged by the present family. The extension was purposely angled to complement the octagonal dining room.


Above the garage the maids' quarters have been renovated as the new master bedroom. From there a few steps lead to the original complex of three bedrooms. The original master bedroom features a white tile fireplace and opens onto the porch deck that overlooks the wooded retreat on one side and the patio laid with paving brick that extends from the kitchen.


The ambience of this half-century old home is one of close communion with nature; the rooms are cheery and light, always in contact with the out-of-doors.