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Historic Bungalow With Many Firsts

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By D Shorter

Historic Bungalow With Many Firsts

1920 Bungalow in Peary Virginia. Click the photo for a larger view.

Historic Bungalow With Many Firsts

Historic Bungalow in 2010. Click the photo for a larger view.

About My Bungalow


Built by owner Walter and Nina Armstead in 1920. Walter was a waterman as was his father Cap. Jean Armstead. Cap. Jean's house is located 1/4 mi at horn harbor on Chesapeake Bay.

Favorite Details


Very regal and only 1800 sq ft. with 9 ft ceilings, long leaf heart pine flooring. Living room has a dog leg stairwell to second floor. Three bedrooms, originally four bedrooms. First house to have battery-operated lights, indoor plumbing, and insulation in Peary Va. Bathtub dated on bottom in cast iron, 1940.

Lessons Learned

  • Lose the shingles and install stand and seam roofing. I lost 50% in a hurricane. This was good for me - I had completed the tear out stage on the second floor. My insurance company only paid 90%. Shingles are '50s and '60's stuff and more work in the long run

Jackie Craven, About.com Architecture, says:

What an amazing, large front dormer! I'm so glad to hear that you are restoring your bungalow.

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