With numerous nooks and crannies, a back stairway and under-the-eaves crawl space, the house at 150 Stockton Ave., Uniontown is ready for a new family.
Over nearly 50 years, Wolford and Lenore Swimmer raised their family in the Craftsman house built in 1920.
W.O. White, an engineer who helped design Robena Mine, carefully brought together craftsmen to construct the nearly 3,300 square-foot three floor wood frame structure on Uniontown’s West Side.
“We bought it in 1966,” Lenore Swimmer said, adding that all the doors, woodwork and other accouterments are original.
Woods used throughout the home include oak, cypress and fine white pine, according to original blueprints and contracts, faded and dried by age, that share more than an insight into meticulous planning: They also provide a look at local history.
“My oldest memory is moving in here when I was about three-years-old,” said Josh Swimmer.
“Back in the day, there were so many kids in this neighborhood. We could come home for lunch from Boyle School (Now a christian academy on Downer Avenue), cutting through several of our neighbors’ backyards. It took about five minutes,” he said.
“You wonder how many people back in the 1920s had an architect to design and build their home,” Josh Swimmer added.
The house shows it has been well cared for under the Swimmer’s tenure, with fixtures, crystal chandeliers, floors, fireplace mantels and other accessories looking nearly new.
The house offers 12 rooms, which include five bedrooms, two full and one half-baths, a detached two-car garage with an upper floor, cedar shingle exterior, a large covered front porch, flagstone patio, closed rear porch, first floor laundry room, family room with Buck stove, formal dining room, living room, a half-dozen fireplaces, four-year-old roof and a full basement. Heat is supplied through a hot-water radiator system. There are also window air conditioners for cooling. A previous owner added the family room in 1960. There is a wraparound stair-lift the Swimmers had installed when Mr. Swimmer was ailing.
“The large room above the garage is something that is underutilized,” Josh Swimmer said. “It could be used for any number of things, like an office or apartment or play area for children.”
Situated on a nearly quarter-acre lot, the home has landscaping that almost camouflages it’s front from Stockton Avenue. What faces the street belies the actual size of the home.
One of the features Lenore Swimmer likes best about her home is that “considering its age, it flows very well. You come from the living room, which goes off into the dining room, which moves into the kitchen and off to the back porch. It’s a great house for entertaining,” she said.
While it has moderately-sized bathrooms and kitchen, bedrooms are spacious. And, the home has a number of other features that would appeal to young children.
“There is a back staircase and a cubby hole in the powder room (off the kitchen),” Josh Swimmer said. He also pointed out an area behind a small door in the third-floor bedroom under the roof eaves that could be used for storage or play.
“This is a great house for a family,” he said, adding, “That’s what we want to find as a buyer.”
Four bedrooms on second floor.
Third floor 5th bedroom includes full bath.