4909 Reiger Avenue

One of only three Victorian-era homes in the Munger Place Historic District, this charming house and its immediate neighbor are eye-catching for their distinctive colors and almost whimsical style. Both houses were moved here, although at different times, and this house reportedly was once on the Lawther Farm on White Rock Lake. Where straight lines and right angles typify the Prairie-style and Arts-and-Crafts homes in the neighborhood, circles, ovals, and rounded arches contribute to this house’s unique character. The interior is embellished with similar geometric elements in the stained glass, the ornamental transoms, windows, and elsewhere. Few changes have been made to the two front rooms in the house, although the fireplace frame and mantle are likely from a slightly newer age. The heart-pine floors are presumed to be original, including the restored flooring in the very (very) recently, fully remodeled kitchen. The downstairs layout has changed little: a doorway to the stairs and what is now the master was widened and the master suite was reconfigured to waste less space on an outsized bathroom and to accommodate those novel, post-Victorian features called closets. Upstairs, however, was a single, open living space until 2006. After sharing these capacious quarters as the family bedroom for eight years, the current owners walled off separate spaces for bedrooms, a sitting room, and an office. A deep and comfortable back porch looks out on a spacious yard with an inviting stone-and-crushed-rock patio that appears well suited to large outdoor gatherings.

History of 4909 Reiger Avenue: The 4900 block of Reiger Avenue predates the formal founding of Munger Place by a few years; seven now-demolished houses were built on this block in 1903. At the time Munger Place was established as an historic district, this block had only six other historic structures, some of which have not survived. The home, presumably built in the 1880s, was moved onto this block from White Rock Lake, probably from the Lawther Farm. Although the neighboring house, 4903 Reiger, shares many architectural features, it came from a different site (in 1977). One ordinance indicates that a third Victorian house was to be moved to the lot between the two, but that never came to pass. Little other historical information on this house has been found.