So, it’s odd that the Bowen House has two doors, but, as I strolled around it, I began to develop a theory.
The brickwork on this house is really extraordinary–alternating short and long bricks. That’s the first thing that stood out to me when I got up close to it.
The second was how incredibly thick the walls are. Look at the door frame and the window frames.
Further proof of thickness.
The pattern even carries over onto the chimney.
Now here’s the back porch.
The back porch is interesting because it’s clearly been added onto. Check the new addition.
The new edition is not even with the old addition.
The outside windows on the new addition.
The other window. But check that big blank wall. No outside chimney.
I don’t know how well you can see it, but that’s a really old fashioned staircase.
Notice that the doors and windows here aren’t exactly even.
Perhaps it’s clearer here.
This is where I went to check that this side has no outside chimney. So, here’s my theory–I think this is an old one room cabin with a big brick house built around it. The chimney is enclosed to cover over whatever they had to do to put another fire place on it. My guess is that, if you went inside, you’d see that this corner room isn’t connected to the other room inside, because who could cut through a wall?