Locust Street is known for its cozy neighborhood and friendly neighbors, the kind of people you can call on any hour of the night and feel comfortable doing so.
Carolyn Knoll, who has resided at 1212 Locust since 1999, is among the “cozy and friendly.” Architect Karl Winkler built this house for his in-laws. Winkler built several striking homes on Locust, all adding to the character and beauty of the street. His legacy lives on.
This cottage home does not have asymmetrical architecture with a steeply pitched roof, both characteristics of the cottage style, but it has the storybook charm, curbside appeal, cheerful gardens and interior design that are exemplary of this style house.
Knoll redesigned the interior. She converted an existing garage workroom into a sunroom and added new windows, roof, HVAC, plumbing, carpet and wide crown molding. A living room with fireplace, dining area, kitchen, two bedrooms, sunroom and attached garage make up the relaxed style of living space that is preferred today even though the house was built in 1950.
Knoll says she does not commit to a single decorating genre. When decorating her home she mixed old and new, rare and expensive, plus simple and ornate while incorporating comfortable furnishings and her own personal touches. She used pieces such as a 100-year-old mirror with gilded edges and engraving — a wedding present to her late mother. Another special piece is a grandmother clock made of Oregon myrtlewood. Throughout the house, a collection of paintings provide Knoll with good memories of traveling all over the U.S. Some of her favorite paintings are those of barns by Shirley Silvester of Ravalli County, Mont. and others by Dan (National Geographic photographer) and Cindy Hartman from Hartman Gallery in Silver Gale, Mont.
The lawn and gardens are extraordinary. A variety of mature trees with sheltering arms, three fountains and many flower gardens provide a natural connection to this charming house. Knoll has achieved the perfect cottage look that makes her home a happy place.
Knoll grew up in Waukee. She and her late husband lived in Dallas Center for 40 years before moving to Adel. She is a member of the GFWC Adel Women’s Club, Questers and is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas Center. She has three children, seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.