475 Mayellen Avenue
1919 Arts and Crafts Bungalow

Cathy and Brick Spieth bought their bungalow during the early spring of 2004, when the wisteria over the notched-in front porch was in full bloom. They were immediately attracted to what has to be one of the simplest designs of the era, with its single gable roof and minimal trim decoration.

The living room and dining room are connected by a large archway. The front of the house has the original lath and plaster walls which you can contrast to the more modern drywall in the rest of the house. The front bedroom is off the dining room in true bungalow style.

Beyond the dining room is the kitchen, remodeled in the 80s, which is the main passageway to the back of the house, consisting of a small hall, second bedroom and the bathroom. The second bedroom was doubled in size in the 1940s, adding much needed closet space and square footage.

The bathroom was completely redone in 2007 in a vintage style with material available when the house was built, with the notable exception of the spacious spa tub. Real beadboard, a pedestal sink, and a built-in cabinet add to the vintage feel of the room.

Beyond the kitchen is a small porch with a new pantry cabinet, and a French-style door leading to a breezeway accessing the backyard garden. The washroom beyond, attached to a converted garage office, is perhaps the oldest original part of the house. The cabinet is built in, and the walls and ceiling are pine planks.

Brick and Cathy are both avid gardeners, and have provided abundant seating areas from which to enjoy the garden, from the cool shade of the breezeway and vine covered pergola to the sunny areas out back where the raised beds of the vegetable garden reside in the area that used to be a cement wasteland. Don't forget to take a peek at the side garden before you leave.

Although it was built in the early 1920s, the primary residents of 475 Mayellen, Edgar and Iona Wacholz, did not move in until 1942. The Wacholzs lived together at 475 Mayellen for thirty years, until Edgar died in 1972. Iona continued to live in the house another 22 years until her death in 1994 at the age of 91. In addition, the Wacholz family lived next door at 483 Mayellen for 16 years prior to moving to 475 Mayellen. Iona Wacholz lived on Mayellen from 1926 to 1994 a total of 68 years!