Stepping onto the spacious wrap-around porch, visitors immediately feel invited into this definitive Arts and Crafts gem. Notably generous windows and the broad, leaded-glass front door make the distinction between indoors and out rather fluid. Built in 1911 for a saloon owner who thought the house would help him gain a foothold in genteel society, it still boasts many of its original fixtures, a couple of huge pocket doors, and a staff-friendly swinging door into the kitchen. Also defining the transition into the kitchen, the oak floors of the “public” areas of the house give way to pine in those rooms for family or staff use.
Tour-goers may enjoy identifying 21st-century accommodations and speculating about the original purpose of certain spaces within the 106-year-old home. Sleeping porches have been enclosed and the first floor’s single bathroom was added much later in the 1900s. Although the house was never partitioned or subdivided – as so many grand Munger Place homes were during the Great Depression and for several subsequent decades – many of these rooms were rented out.
The striking staircase might capture your attention as you enter the house, but be sure to admire the handsome, hand-carved carousel pony in the foyer. This and other pieces in the house were carved by the father of one of the owners. The stained-glass window at the landing was badly damaged in a 2012 hailstorm, but has been restored to its former splendor.