Homes Build with Local Materials
Fortunately good building materials were available locally. Limestone for basements, foundations or piers was cheap and plentiful as Warren County boasted several significant quarries. Brick was available from local makers, and this neighborhood boasted the Frank J. Kister Planing Mill, one of the largest in the region. Popular and hardwood lumber was of local origin, abundant, and thus comparatively inexpensive.
A Front Porch Was Essential
One inescapable feature of homes in this neighborhood was a front porch. Even the tiniest homes included a covered porch area, which provided a cool respite for the family and a welcoming spot for visitors and passersby. Home owners used
A Variety of Styles Enlivened the Neighborhood
Housing styles in the area varied greatly. The older homes on College Street and several on Center were larger and of masonry construction, but the remainder consisted almost exclusively of smaller frame dwellings. Many of the homes were constructed simultaneously by the same builder creating a “cookie-cutter” appearance on the streetscape. As lots were subdivided, smaller homes – cottages and modified shotgun plans – filled the gaps.
inset photo caption: Home of Ora Porter, one of the first registered nurses in Kentucky.
Location. 36° 59.772′ N, 86° 26.295′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of College Street and E 6th Avenue, on the left when traveling east on College Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green KY 42101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. An African American Neighborhood (here, next to this marker); College Street Commercial Development
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.