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Archive for December, 2007

Connections, Connections, Connections

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Weekly Acorn #11

Well it seems that the more I dig the more connections I discover in Oak Crest.  This neighborhood has its own family tree.  Many of the early property owners in OC were related to one another.  Some settled and built homes here and then later bought other lots and built another house either next door, down the street, or on another street in the neighborhood.

Then we have the multi-generational owners.  In some cases we have third and fourth generations of families in OC.  Everything from siblings, parents, grandparents, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, out-laws, etc.  They are all here.  Even my family had cousins in OC.

I am continually adding information to the site several times each week.  So far I have found that the best location for me to document my information is in the captions below the house photos in the Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.  It makes the connections much easier to understand when there is a visual image associated with them.

It’s just like a soap opera!  So be sure to “stay tuned” as I unravel all of these interesting Oak Crest family connections!

Oldest House In Oak Crest To Be Restored

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Weekly Acorn #10                         1203-polo-3-120-x-90.jpg

The house at 1203 Polo Rd. has sat vacant now for nearly 10 years.   The owner, Steve Russell, plans to restore his childhood home and the detached garage to the way it was when he was growing up.  

This charming farmhouse was built in 1925 and, according to Steve, is older than the other house, 1533 Polo Rd, also built that same year.   Steve’s great uncle and aunt, J. N. Dull and Sallie Hicks Dull, built the house.  Then in 1956 Steve’s parents, Harry E. Russell and Ila Spainhour Russell bought the house and lived there until their deaths in the 1990’s.  The house has been vacant ever since. 

I walked through the house with Steve this week as we talked about old times when he was growing up here.   The house is pretty much the same as I remembered.   I used to visit his parents quite often when I was growing up.  

He plans to restore the house to the way it was originally.  A den just off the living room with 1970’s paneling and a tile ceiling will be restored back into a dining room.  The paneling and ceiling tiles will be removed and the original walls and ceiling restored.   

Steve has already pulled up some of the old carpet to reveal the original hardwood floors that are in remarkably good condition.  Most of the work on the house appears to be cosmetic.   The original kitchen cabinets that his uncle built are still in very good condition.  

The house itself has such a rich history.   Steve was telling me about a well that used to be on the back porch and how the kitchen sink used to have an old pump handle rather than a faucet.   He showed me where an old chimney once stood behind a wall in the kitchen for an old wood cook stove.  He said that the cement foundation for the old outhouse was still behind the garage.  

The house has all of the original moldings and built-ins (bookcases and window seats) and prairie style rope and pulley windows that were popular in craftsman style homes of that period.  

It will certainly be nice to see such an important part of Oak Crest history be restored and preserved.

Click on the photo above to view an expanded version or visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

No Longer Here

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Weekly Acorn #9

Over the years there have been some houses that for some reason or another have not “stood the test of time” in Oak Crest.   This week I want to list them and the reason they are no longer here.   It is a shame to loose any house.   As we move closer to historic designation, I hope we can permanently preserve all that currently remains in our neighborhood.

If anyone has any photos of these houses please contact me.   I would love to make a copy of them to include in the photo gallery.   I can be reached by email at kent@oakcrestbodyworks.com  or 336.727.9771.

Harmon Sister’s Cabin - Torn down in mid 1970’s for Woodberry Forest expansion.  The exact location of the cabin was where the house at 2575 Aaron Ln (built in 1976) currently stands.  Here is an arial view of the location of their cabin.

1011 Polo - Torn down for church parking lot.

1049 Polo - Moved for church parking lot.  Now located on Manheim St.

1059 Polo - Moved for church parking lot.  Now located on Manheim St.

1101 Polo - Torn down for fraternity house.

1105 Polo - Torn down for fraternity house.

1220 Polo - Original house burned (built ~ 1930’s).  New house built on site in 1998.

1231 Polo - Hauser’s Country Store torn down and service station built in 1965.  The Tool shed behind country store moved to 143 Rosedale Cr.

1551 Polo - Torn down for Silas Creek Pky. extention.

Please take time to visit the entire Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.

The Little Extras

Friday, December 7th, 2007

3830-freds-play-house-2.jpg 1425-polo-garage.jpg Weekly Acorn #8

One thing that you will notice in Oak Crest is that there is no shortage of little extra buildings on many properties.   They range from garages, tool sheds, play houses, studios, cottages, and barns.  It is just another feature that gives Oak Crest its charm and character.  You certainly do not see these in the new cookie cutter neighborhoods being developed today.  

To me, these little buildings are fascinating because they have a history too.   They reveal interesting clues about the history of that particular property.   Unfortunately, many of them have been torn down.  I have included many of ones still remaining in the Historic Oak Crest Photo Gallery.   Whenever I go on my next photo shoot, I plan to get photos of the ones I have missed.  

Be sure to visit the photo gallery to see these “little extras” and read about their interesting history.

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