dozens of Pierson built houses much like this one; however, each individual
seems to have its own set of variations that makes it unique. This one is
an especially striking example. As far as I know, this one is unique in
having fixed front windows that match the roof pitch angle, making for a
rakish look. Being fixed glass, they have the simplest possible frames and
lack any cluttering detail whatsoever. Most homes like this one have
rectangular operable windows that look similar, but less striking.
scheme also adds to the special character of this home. Blue and yellow can
be a tough combination to pull off without looking like a Sunoco gas
station, but these particular colors provide a great vintage look on this
house. The owner recalls that the original color scheme was gray with yellow
trim, which also must have been quite attractive and stylish for the era.
The windows were recently replaced. The owner maintained the original
fixed glass design mostly to avoid complex rework of window openings and
The open carport is a prominent feature of the front. So many homes of this
era, even fairly deluxe homes, have open carports leaving the homeowner with
a serious lack of space for hiding typical garage stuff from public view.
There was an architectural trend in the post war years to display the
family car as an icon of modern prosperity and consumerism, but probably an
equally important consideration was simple construction and low cost.
As with many Pierson homes similar to this, the main entry way is on the
side. The sidewalk leads to the front entry which is masked by the low
fence. Very different from today's trend to make the entry gracious and
This water color was painted by Ernest Pierson himself, which I acquired at
the Pierson estate sale in mid 2003. While not great art, the mere
fact that he painted it suggests the sense of pride he had in this
Here's another item picked up at the Pierson estate sale.
No one I
have talked to so far knows why these bronze plaques were made or what they
were used for. My guess is that they were attached to model homes.
In any case, they use the logo which appeared on Pierson literature in the
1950's and 1960's.