Sq. Ft.: Approx. 1216 sq. ft. ~ 60% Basement
Built: 1943 - 1945
The F-house is two stories with basement. Typical examples have wood clapboard siding horizontally on the top floor and shingles on the bottom. Interior floors are hardwood oak with linoleum in the kitchen and bathroom. The F house is unique in that it is probably the most highly decorated letter house with its classical segmental pediment over the front door. In addition, the F house shares many similarities to the "four-square" houses common in urban areas in the first decades of the 1900's.
The original letter houses' interiors used newer, heartier products that last longer than houses built only a decade earlier. The interiors of all the letter-houses had wood floors. The kitchens and bathrooms had real linoleum flooring (pressed cork processed with linseed oil). Interior decorative features include cornice details along with molding strips along the outside corners of walls and doors mad of a single panel of wood inside of the thicker surround. Doorknobs were fairly close to today's standard but were slightly smaller. Brass was a common finish with plated chrome used inside of bathrooms.
This F-house is part of the letter houses developed in Richland. As the need for housing increased in the Tri-Cities area, Spokane architect Albin Pherson was hired by the U.S. Government to develop the housing to accommodate the large need for housing in the area. Mr. Pherson took on the challenge and in less than 90 days the community of Richland was planned on paper. The construction process took even less time. On March, 20, 1943, the construction crews broke ground for Richland, and just one month later on April, 28th, the first house house (a B house) was completed.
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