Today it lives vividly in the memories of a dozen or so grandkids. Before we forget, we'd like to record what the house was like in the 1950s and '60s, when the Stutlers owned it. Like every house in Orlando, it was pretty much like all the other houses, and at the same time it was unique.
To the right above is the first photo we have of the house, (Click on the thumbnail picture below to see downtown Orlando at that time.) To the left is how it looked when it was sold in 1976. The house was torn down maybe ten years after that.
The Main Room
The kitchen is about the same size as the main room, about 20 feet square and 14 feet high. In our earliest memories there was a wood stove immediately to the left. Before electricity the ironing was done in the kitchen with flat irons that heated on the stove. There is a home made wooden pie cupboard on the right side of the room as well as the refrigerator, which we call the ice box. Was there ever an actual ice box? Because the earliest refrigerator was gas powered, there may have always been a refrigerator in the Stutlers' time.
Immediately to the right of the sink, on the east wall of the room, is a large mirror with a flamingo, of all things, painted in the corner, like a souvenir of Florida. Before there was a bath room in the house this mirror must have served for a shaving mirror. The window in the center of the east wall looks out onto a covered, L-shaped, ground level porch.
Stepping out of the kitchen into the back hall, turning left presents several options including cousin Neil's bedroom, which is small and in the "lean-to" addition at the back of the house. From the late '50s on, there is also a door to room that is much too large for the sink, toilet and bath tub/shower that it holds. There's no window as it has no outside wall.
The Living Room
The living room was rarely used, but we grandkids can recall at least three uses. One is Christmas Eve. The tree was magically already decorated when the door was opened on Chrismas Eve for us kids to rush in.
Jackie (Witzgall) Holbrook tells us that the living room, and the spare room behind it, was also used as a Lewis County poling place. Read bout that in the June '07 entry coming soon.