This Craftsman Bungalow was built by Charles C. Buford Sr. (1882-1966) in 1919. The Buford family lived here from 1919 until 1933, when the house was purchased by Edgar W. Francisco Jr. (1897-1966). Francisco owned the house for eleven years, before selling it to Howard V. Woods and his wife Nell in 1944. The Woods family lived here for 44 years, from 1944 until 1978, when they sold the house to Dr. Robert David Childers. Dr. Childers and his wife Dr. Sheri Childers raised their three daughters in the house before selling the home in 1990 to Annie R. Jones. After five years, the house was bought by Scott Robinson. The house was owned by Scott Robinson from 1995 until 2001, by Benjamin W. Smith Jr. from 2001 until 2004, and by Lisa L. Cole from 2004 until 2015. The current owners, Roger and Patricia Jenkins, have owned the house since 2015.
The Buford House is a one-and-a-half-story flanking-gable frame Craftsman Bungalow, with a five-bay shed roof porch supported by square posts. The house has a prominent three-bay shed roof dormer window.
I love what you are doing and that you have such an interest in preserving the history of HS. I grew up on Chulahoma Ave and now live in NLR, AR. I own the cottage (1932) a block over from you, 255 E. College. Will eventually sell it if I can get a decent price. It is in great shape. We had planned to retire there but circumstances have changed those plans. Thanks for your efforts! Betty B/. Powell
Thanks for the comments Betty! I love your house! It is definitely a late Craftsman Bungalow, and I’ll include it on Part Three of my Craftsman series. I noticed that your house has some of Greystone’s (the Greek Revival next door) “grey stone” walls. Was you home originally part of that property?
The McDermotts owned the two properties, thus the limestone wall. I had my portion restored about 10 years ago. This family had a restaurant at the depot hotel long ago. Their daughter Gertrude taught piano from the antebellum home to several generations from the antebellum home. I was among her many pupils in the 50’s and 60’s. She studied in St Louis, think, at a conservatory there, and was an excellent instructor. The brick bungalow was built in 1932 for more of the McDermott family who I remember well. I have been told that Mr. Betts was probably the builder.
Thank you for the information Betty! I’ll be including the house in a series called “1930s Cottages”. It will be the “youngest” houses I’ve included so far on my blog.