Thursday, December 6, 2007

Prof. Peet's new house

Prof. B. W. Peet's new residence on Normal street, now almost completed, will undoubtedly rank among the most elegant homes in Ypsilanti.

Imposing as the structure is form the outside, no expense and artistic design have been spared to make the interior equally pleasing.

Perhaps the most attractive room is the dining room, situated on the north side of the house, with a front outlook. The most striking feature here is the beam ceiling, which is only found in some of the most modern houses. The woodwork, including wide panels and a plate shelf, are finished in weathered oak, making a pretty contrast with the white walls.

The beautiful curved stairway has called forth many comments of admiration. This, like the woodwork of the hall, living room, and nursery, has the dull, golden-oak, wax finish.

Plenty of light is admitted through the large plate glass windows in front made more attractive by the leaded panes around them. At the sides, the windows are entirely of leaded panes.

The nursery, at the rear of the living room, is made more pleasant by the large double French door, opening on the rear veranda. The same plan is used in the study, just above, the glass doors opening upon a little balcony, which will be enclosed with screens, making an excellent out-of-doors sleeping room.

Upstairs, the three front bedrooms are beautifully finished in white enamel, while the bath is of the same, with nickel trimmings.

Hardwood floors are used throughout the house, those of the bedrooms and bath being of beech wood, while the study and hall, upstairs, are finished like the rooms downstairs in oak.

Every possible convenience has been provided. Not only those which have come to be looked upon as necessities, as gas and electric lights, and bath with hot and cold water, but also others which aid much in making the home comfortable. One of these is a special flue, 8x12 feet, built along the chimney and opening into the kitchen, to create a draught which will carry away the steam and odors from cooking.

Another convenience is the clothes shoot, which is built from the linen closet, upstairs, to the laundry room in the basement.

(Prof. Peet taught chemistry at the Normal, now EMU, from 1899 until 1941. The hosue still stands at 128 North Normal Street)

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