To say that the American Foursquare home is as American as apple pie would be an understatement.
This two-and-a-half-story home design became popular around 1890, continued into the 1930s and was considered an economical home for the average American family. It used every bit of precious space to suit the needs of the family.
A wonderful example of this style is located at 222 E. South St., owned by Eric and Monica Pugh. Built in 1912, it features many of the classical Arts and Crafts details commonly seen in this style of home, including all hardwood floors and multiple paned windows. It still has several sets of original push button switches.
However, the second story of this home has a unique layout, not typical to foursquare. The front of their home has a wonderful front porch. When you enter through the front door, you will find a large open space that Monica has turned into a large dining room, boasting a beautiful vintage chandelier as well as a sewing area. Beyond the dining room, you will find the living room and kitchen. A full bath can be found beyond the living room. The large kitchen boasts a repurposed kitchen island. From the kitchen, you walk out onto an amazing deck with lovely water feature beneath and a nicely landscaped and fenced backyard.
From the dining room, you go upstairs into a wonderful center hall. Off the center hall, you would expect to find the three bedrooms and a bath in typical foursquare fashion. But this home is unique, as it has seven doors off the hall. Behind these doors, you will find a three-quarter bath, a laundry room, three bedrooms, a large storage closet and the door leading to the half-story bedroom. There is a nice walk-in closet in the master bedroom, which has a beautiful window in it, as well as a window in the closet of another bedroom. Their home is decorated with many family heirlooms and baskets that were made by Monica.
The Pughes came to Winterset 21 years ago fresh out of college and have raised five sons here. Eric has been with the National Guard for 22 years, and Monica works part-time at the Sports Page, is a substitute teacher and is in the process of building her new business, Five Sons Designs.