1335 Inglewood Drive (1997)


This 1927 brick colonial revival house is characterized by typical Georgian features: a symmetrical facade; dentils and leaded fanlight over the front door; pilasters, and slate roofs, one of them hipped.


A sunken living room leads from the right of the central hall. The dark marble of the fireplace here is original, but the elaborate brass firescreen is a later addition. What had once been a porch off the living room is now a delightful family room, filled with light and greenery. The dining room and kitchen are both to the left of the central hall. Striking dark woodwork, oak floors, and rounded doorways are distinctive features of the first floor. The long curved counter in the kitchen was an innovation by a previous owner and was perhaps a conscious reflection of the curved doorways. Two separate sinks make this a perfect room for two cooks.


Throughout the house and yard there are many evidences of the owners' interests. The collection of bears of all sizes and shapes grew from a chance remark by the father of the family, who grew up in Burma, that he had never had a teddy bear as a child. His children then presented him with one on his next birthday. There is a piano in the living room and an organ in the den. Family photographs of professional quality bespeak yet another talent, while the gorgeous flower gardens testify both to a green thumb and to hours of hard work. A night-blooming primrose mysteriously appeared "from nowhere," evidently and correctly finding this a hospitable environment in which to perform its magic.