This ranch house preserves many
of the architectural and decorative features of the 1950s. It was designed and
built in 1950 by L. M. Gunderson as a retirement home for a couple who wished
to move from their larger, more traditional home on Fairmount Boulevard.
Its low, sprawling lines and
glazed brick, stone, and wood exterior are typical of the ranch style and
reminiscent of both its American West origins and of postwar suburban
affluence. Less typical is the attached garage, on the side rather than at the
front of the house. Gunderson is said to have explained this by asking,
"Why should the garage have the best view?"
The view of the lake is clearly
central to the design of the house. Picture windows dominate the living and
dining rooms and the master bedroom. The openness is accentuated by the
elimination of dividing walls between major first-floor rooms and the creation
of a spacious living-dining area, reflective also of the 1950s belief in family
The present owner has preserved
the original decor and appointments, which he characterizes as "post-war
excessive": a front door inset with whorls of architectural glass, which
appears throughout the first floor; stainless steel kitchen cupboards; bamboo
woodwork in the breakfast room; a lavish use of tile in the bathrooms; vivid
shades of rose and pink in the dining and living rooms; and a three-tone
turquoise, air-conditioned 1955 Desoto Coronado in the garage.