503 East Bridge Street
This 1888 Craftsman style bungalow was originally built by William Thomas Sellers. John Clyde Morris purchased the home from William Thomas Sellers in 1901 previous to marrying his daughter, Rosa Lee Sellers. They lived out the duration of their life in this home. The home still retains a significant portion of its original character and architectural integrity. Two rooms and a bath were added in 1921 when indoor plumbing was available.
The rise of the middle class in early 1900s America inspired the floor plans of the Craftsman. Many of the homes on the Tour, past and present are High Style, and follow the Queen Anne/Victorian architectural influence. As society norms began to change (economy, education, etc.), the needs of the average American family also changed.
The middle-class housewife of the era would not typically have domestic staff (at least not live-in ones) and would handle much of the housework on her own, as well as watching the children. These society shifts demanded a change in house function. For example, the Craftsman style introduced a kitchen as part of the main house, allowing easy access to the main floor, the dining and living rooms, as well as the outdoor area. As you tour this bungalow, it can be fun and interesting to take notice of home modernizations such as this.