, THE HOUSE’S INTERIOR IS TYPICAL OF A MIDWEST BUNGALOW CA. 1915. BEAMS CROSS THE PLASTER-ON-LATH CELINGS, AND WOODWORK IS NATURALLY FINISHED. SOPHISTICATED STENCIL DESIGNS REMAIN IN PUBLIC ROOMS. ART GLASS TABLE LAMPS SURVIVE, AS DO MULTI-LIGHT SHOWER OR PENDANT CEILING FIXTURES.
Outside, the house is an atypical bungalow with a shaped-concrete-block foundation and porch walls. The gable faces the lake. The interior is remarkably intact, featuring painted burlap wall coverings and stenciling on plaster. Even the furniture is original. Artifacts in the house allude to Billy Sunday’s earlier career in professional baseball and to his days as a Prohibition evangelist; Ma Sunday’s needlework survives. The family’s china remains in the kitchen, their books in the inglenook; various loving cups and tea sets, gifts from cities where the preacher spoke, furnish rooms.
Today Mount Hood is part of the museum holdings of the Winona History Center, headquartered on the campus of Grace College in Winona Lake. (Grace College purchased the Assembly grounds in 1968.) The town itself is having another renewal, this time featuring ongoing restoration activity, various cultural festivals, boutiques, and world-class restaurants. a our thanks to Terry D. White; please refer to the history book Winona at 100: Third Wave Rising by Terry White with Steve Grill (BMH Books, 2013).
A shellacked burlap wall covering is stenciled at the top with a pendant design bridging Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau styles. Half-walls with benches create an inglenook at the fireplace.
right A brilliant wall color is the only refinement in the kitchen little changed since the house was built. above This gift from a city where the evangelist crusaded is among memorabilia in his home.
left The broad, beamed living room retains its furniture of the Arts & Crafts period, along with multi-lamp shower ceiling fixtures. below (left) A typical house of the early 20th century built with concrete blocks. (right) The 1907 Beyer Mansion is a...