535 Laswell Avenue
1940s Late-Era Bungalow
Built in 1948, this late-bungalow-style house has the original oak floors, almost all of its original door hardware and some of the original light fixtures. The house has three bedrooms and one bath, with the laundry room just off of the kitchen. Only the kitchen and the bathroom have been updated over the years. The current owner is only the third family to live here. The first owner (and probably the builder) owned the home for about three years. The next family, the Heinemans, lived in the house until 1989.
The bougainvillea that drapes down the front of the house covering the front porch was planted by the current owner and sets the tone of this lovely home. The original picket fences on either side of the front yard are still in place. The whole block once had picket fencing in every yard, the work of a then-teenaged boy who attended Lincoln High School.
At the front door notice the mail box drop in the wall, a typical feature in homes of this era. Note the metal ball on the floor at the front door. This is used to confuse the house fairies, in that they circle around the ball and then are driven outside where they belong. The living room features the original wood-burning fireplace and a coved ceiling, and a gentle archway opens to the dining room.
This house gives one a feeling of stepping back in time because it is almost completely furnished in antiques that date from just before the turn of the century to items from the early fifties. The home was purchased from the Heineman estate and included the furniture and furnishings in the house, and some of the pieces remain in the house today. Note the old box radio on the side table in the corner that is designed to play only FM. The coffee table is made without any nails. The china closet holds part of what is recognized as the largest collection of china in the Royal Doulton "Tonkin" pattern in North America.
The walls are all plaster rather than modern-day sheetrock and the frame is redwood. There is telephone niche in the hallway that is now used as a devotional shrine. Until the current owner moved in, the only phone in the house was in the wall in the hallway.
The only source of heat for the house are the two original gas heaters in the floors. One in the hallway warms the three bedrooms and the second is in the floor of the dining room.
In the backyard, which is being re-landscaped, are two rose bushes that date from the primary owner. Also there are four grape vines that are proving to be ready to produce a bumper crop of grapes this year.