HENRY AND HELEN DYSLAND HOUSE

The choices an architect makes when designing his own house are always interesting to observe. A good example is this Tudor Revival style house, which architect Henry Dysland designed for himself and his wife and business partner, Helen, in 1932. While the majority of his Nakoma designs are for Colonial Revival style houses, Dysland, like many architects of his time, was equally skillful at producing designs in most of the Period Revival styles and his Tudor Revival style houses in Nakoma are some of his largest and most impressive.

Dysland’s own house is an individualistic take on the style. Typical elements include an irregular floor plan, a steeply pitched multi-gable roof, and multiple window groups filled with multi-pane windows. In addition, the building’s walls are clad in brick, although, unlike most examples, these walls are not ornamented with false half timber work. Instead, Dysland ornamented the principal brick-clad gable end on the main facade with an element that is more typical of European than English practice. This is a series of projecting rows of brick above which are series of small hollows that in historic examples would have housed pigeons or doves. Other unusual touches include using clapboards in the gable end above the main entrance door that have irregular edges that were sawn by hand to approximate the appearance of hand-hewn wood, and first story windows having massive wood lintels.

 

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