Jim and Christy Hogue’s stone-pillared front porch is the perfect place to visit while enjoying passersby at their 310 W. Jefferson St. home.
In 1993, they seized the opportunity to purchase the three-bedroom home and move from Michigan, closer to Christy’s elderly mother. They have spent the last 20 years making the house and gardens their own.
This craftsman-style bungalow was built in 1912 by Dr. J. Willard Bunker and his wife, Ada. Christy has heard Ada used to babysit John Wayne as an infant in their home.
Because Jim is a master woodworker, he has been able to maintain all and even reproduce some of the oak woodwork throughout their home. Original radiators still heat the home with hot water steam heat.
“They clank a little when we start them at the beginning of colder weather,” Christy says. But they enjoy the warmth they provide and the low dust they create without forced air heat and ductwork. There is a whole-house fan at the top of the stairs which is very effective for cooling the home.
After entering through the period front door, the living room boasts a large fireplace, which was added by a previous owner. Jim and Christy flanked the fireplace with built-in bookcases matching the oak woodwork perfectly to showcase their many collections. Separating the living room and dining room are colonnades, which were typical features of this style of home. Jim crafted a beautiful built-in china cabinet, completing the look in the dining room. In 1994, they remodeled the kitchen and added a back room with laundry and a full bath using trim and a radiator from an old Macksburg school. Eventually Jim added the back porch with dog-eared corners on the roof to match the distinct curved overhang on the front porch.
Christy’s showcase gardens contain plants from her mother’s gardens which she cherishes. She has won “Garden of the Month” three times with her clever eye for garden design. The gardens finish the charm of their home. Unfortunately, Christy’s mother never saw her beautiful gardens.
Christy loves that the house is cozy. With all the wonderful features of their home, when asked his favorite Jim says “Her,” as he points to Christy.