Old House Journal - - Furnishing­s - Pho­tos by Wil­liam Wright

In­side and out, this 1916 house in Spokane, Wash­ing­ton, re­tained all of the orig­i­nal de­tail­ing. The own­ers brought out its in­her­ent charm.

These DIY own­ers were look­ing for “the worst house in the best neigh­bor­hood” and came upon a bun­ga­low down on its luck. Roof shin­gles curled with black mildew, a mat­tress leaned against one side, and Christ­mas ici­cle lights still dan­gled across the front. Side stairs had been cut straight through the front porch. In­side, in­con­ti­nent cats had run amok.

But the lay­out had never been changed; orig­i­nal win­dows sparkled, and the wood­work was in­tact, al­beit un­der lay­ers of paint. In this liv­ing room, the Crafts­man fire­place had been cov­ered with unattrac­tive bricks in the 1970s. So they in­stalled vin­tage (sal­vaged) Grueby tiles over the brick, and gave the fire­place more pres­ence with a wide man­tel that repli­cates pro­files of the orig­i­nal wood­work.

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