The house at 1179 Broadview Ave. is a quintessential example of the classic American Foursquare architectural style.

The house at 1179 Broadview Ave. is a quintessential example of the classic American Foursquare architectural style.

"It has a simplicity about it, yet an elegance, particularly because of the beautiful woodwork you find throughout the house," said Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Historical Society trustee Wayne Carlson.

Carlson will serve as house captain at the residence during the historical society's triennial Tour of Homes on Mother's Day, May 9.

When visitors first walk into the house, they will be impressed with the all-original woodwork that surrounds them, Carlson said.

The first floor walls have high wainscot and the floors are made of finished oak.

"None of the wood has been painted and it's in very good shape," Carlson said. "It's a very attractive feature of the house."

The entry leads into a large living room, which contains a wood-burning fireplace flanked by oak cabinets topped with small windows, he said.

The living room also includes a "music room," which is "kind of an alcove within a room," Carlson said.

Previous owners had kept an electric organ in the space, and the current owner, Jeanne Bernhard, has maintained the spirit of music, hanging her father's two violins in the area as well as a music-themed painting, he said.

"Her son says he's inspired by this room, which is where he listens to music," Carlson said.

In the back of the house is a dining room with large four-over-one double hung windows, he said. The dining room features a built-in buffet with stained glass doors.

Bernhard has remodeled the first floor kitchen, adding eight feet to the back of the house.

"She's done a really nice job of modernizing the kitchen, yet maintaining the original style of the home," Carlson said.

The kitchen improvements included the addition of a large island used for socializing or while cooking, he said.

"While the kitchen was being prepared for the renovation, they found a large area of creosote under the flooring," Carlson said. "(Bernhard) believes that must mean there was once a pot-bellied stove in the kitchen.

Although the second floor of the house, which contains bedrooms, won't be open during the tour, visitors will observe the stairway that leads to the bedrooms and has a landing open to both the living room and the kitchen, Carlson said.

The 1,800-square-foot house was built in 1918.

The "American Foursquare" style got its name because such homes were built literally in a square shape with four rooms to a floor, Carlson said. Foursquare homes also typically featured a large front porch.

"The style was very popular in the early part of the 20th century through the 1930s," and is a common style found in Grandview, he said.

The Foursquare was a popular mail-order style, sold out of Sears and other catalogs, although the Broadview Avenue house is not a mail-order home, Carlson said.

Not much is known about the early owners of the house, he said.

The residence was built for John O. Gooding.

"There was a Gooding family that had something to do with the Columbus Zoo and owned the Gooding Amusement Co., but we don't know if John O. Gooding was related to them," Carlson said. "I'm hoping to have more information by the day of the Tour of Homes."

Of the home's half-dozen owners, Lawrence and Belva Looker lived there the longest, from 1950 to 1989, he said. Bernhard purchased the house in 1992.

The house is one of four homes that will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mother's Day. The other homes are at 1150, 1170 and 1163 Broadview. Tickets can be purchased and tours begun at any of the four homes. Admission for the tour is $10.

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