I’ve been photographing rare shake shingle houses in Oklahoma City. This house is located on the edge of the Crown Heights neighborhood. The lot is huge. Unfortunately, the day is coming when someone is going to sell this lot and tear down this shingle house and earth-move all this wisteria. Forever. And, I will cry.
Most shingle houses were built between 1880 and 1900. Oklahoma City is home to very few of these homes. At least three are located in the historic bungalow community, Jefferson Park. The pad above is located on the same property as a larger, green shingled bungalow. I think it such an interesting (and tiny) little place. It looks like a mountain shack, but instead, it’s located just two miles from downtown Oklahoma City. One day I ran into the owner and he told me this structure, which backs up to an alley, was cut in half by the City of Oklahoma City’s Utility Department. They needed to gain access to the sewer and the only way to do it was to cut the house in half! It’s actually an apartment — it was then and is now.
Jefferson Park has some impressive infill projects. I admire people who buy bombed-out lots. They clear the lots of condemned structures and build new ones that complement existing homes, or they revitalize old ones. All in all, the ones who aren’t just investing, but planning on living in the structures they build or revitalize, are modern pioneers on the urban frontier.