DDR - Gail's House

"There was a time where the thought was, you could always return home. Now that I have, I realize there was never a need to come back. Let the ruins of the past stay what they are. I'm done here."   
— Gail, talking about the remains of her house 

Purpose / Function

This house was made to be a home for a family of four, and for about eight years, it served its purpose well. It held a kitchen in which Gail baked and cooked for her family, a place to teacher her fascinated son and daughter about home science. It held a bedroom where Gail and her husband slept together, him being the big spoon. It held a bedroom for her son, with a little desk he could draw on, trucks and trains to play with, and a small shelf of books to read. Learning happened here. It held a bedroom for her daughter, where dolls lined the shelves, an old second-hand sewing machine took up room at the side, and the there was a small line of "young woman" taking over the "child."    There had been a garden in the back, one that the kids had continued to assure Gail and her husband was "big enough for a dog!" and which the adults had kept putting off. There was also a basement, which her husband had wanted for poker and pool nights with the guys. [they were thinking of walling off the laundry machine].


The architecture at the time period the house was from the late 1940s/early 1950s. They had moved into this house (a modified Cape Cod after the birth of their two children and had asked for two smaller bedrooms (one for each) since they didn't want the kids to need to share when they were old. "It's good enough to share for now," Gail remembered saying, "but there will be times when a growing boy needs his own space, and a growing girl will need her own as well."    The house had 2 smaller bedrooms, one bigger bedroom, a dinette, a kitchen, a living room, and a small porch. The built in flower box was considered an important feature of the exteriors. Make of brick all throughout.


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