MAK Home - 414 Adams

Constructed in 1919, 414 Adams was custom-designed by Wilburn for the Van Valkenburg family.  Wilburn apparently used this custom design as inspiration for a later-published design in Ideal Homes of Today.  

The exterior of the home closely resembles the published plan; however, 414 Adams was constructed with a side porch instead of the port cochere.  The interior is largely similar to the published plan, but was designed without the central hallway, providing 414 Adams with a larger dining room. 

In the 1950s the Van Valkenburgs again hired Wilburn to design additional living space including an expansive back porch. The current owners have Wilburn’s blueprint designs for this renovation. 

The current owners purchased the home from the Van Valkenburgs in 1985 and have maintained the home according to Wilburn’s designs.   They have renovated the home’s attic within its original roofline and currently use the space for a home office.

Other Wilburn details include: quarry tiles on the side, front and rear porches and custom built-ins for the butler’s pantry. A built-in ironing board illustrates Wilburn’s designing from a woman’s point of view.

Plan: Ideal Homes of Today, page 40, plan #501

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-Leila Ross Wilburn