"Jewel" is described as having "many unusual features." This 1,399 sq. ft. "four room Colonial home," reminds us that the 1950s modern Cape Cod is really of Colonial origin.
Why is this a Cape Cod style?
- Recangular shape
- Steep pitch to roof
- Side gables
- Shutters, although on the front door and not on the windows
- Center hall floor plan
What are the modern modifications?
- Front door placed slightly off-center, compared with a more traditional design such as the "Cranberry"
- Larger, more modern picture window, with glass block trim
- A variety of window styles, including large panes and small, and an oval window with pie-shaped panes
- Chimney and fireplace on an exterior wall of a living area that "extends from the front to the rear"
- Siding that includes stone, shingles, and vertical panels
- Front terrace
- Roof overhang, more in style with bungalow architecture
- Rear stairway
- Rear dormer, assumed but not depicted
Marketing this House Plan:
The modern family wanted room to expand. Designers enticed new home buyers with the dream that "two bedrooms and a bath may be added later on the second floor." Modern building materials, such as glass block trim, appealed to the new generation, while traditional Cape Cod design kept a tie with the past. The idea of a "den" living area, with "full book shelves at either side of the natural fireplace," understated prosperity.
See Cape Cods in Suburbia for an introduction to these mid-century home designs.