03
Central

3416 Oakland Ave. S.

1915 Craftsman Four-Square
Melvin North and Philip Miller
This was the original parsonage for Park Avenue Methodist Church. When the church decided to expand, the house needed to be relocated. After seeing the beamed ceiling and built in hutch in the dining room, fireplace, and natural woodwork, we decided to rescue and restore this beautiful home, moving it a block from its original location. We had no idea what we were getting into. As its newest stewards, our house project was more than just moving it—it needed some serious restoration, along with replacing water, electrical and heating systems. We tried preserving most of the architectural features, while making a few concessions to the current century and bringing the structure into code compliance. We restored all the original woodwork, but did remodel the kitchen and bathrooms, while upgrading all the mechanicals.