Kuchler House

Northeast facade (shot in Kodachrome)

Northeast facade (shot in Kodachrome)

Location: Owens Lane
Architect: Morley & Geraughty
(architectural plans)
Builder: F. H. Smithmeyer
Year built: 1952
Original Owners: Mr. & Mrs.A.William Kuchler
Current ranking
: 11 (view details)

Situated at the apex of a cul-de-sac, this simple, straightforward house resolves the inherent tension of suburban living by insisting on a strong separation between public and private spheres.

From the street, the house appears as a modest, low-slung ranch that conforms to its suburban environment and neighboring houses. Privately, however, the house expresses an interconnectedness with nature that is transcendent, and in marked contrast to its public visage. The living room, which is oriented for southern exposure, features an uninterrupted row of large panel windows that present a cinematic view of the outdoors. In winter, as the sun arcs low across the Midwestern sky, the room is bathed in warmth cast from beautiful Philippine mahogany wall coverings. The extended roof overhang on the south side of the house acts as an aperture that cuts direct sunlight to the living spaces in summer, reducing heat, while in winter allows the sun’s rays to warm the house. The quality of light, at all times of year, is sublime. Though the physical distance between the front and back of the house is a mere yards, the psychological distance is enormous.

John C. Morley, a KU professor of architecture, designed the house for A. William Kuchler, a renowned scientist who developed a vegetation map depicting pre-settlement ecosystems within the continental United States. Originally 1,200 sq. ft., the house received a Morley-designed addition in 1964. The proud second owners, Tom and Terri Harper, tastefully updated the kitchen in 2006 and are committed to retaining the integrity and spirit of the house.

Living room

Living room

Entryway

Kitchen

Fireplace hearth

Living area

Living and dining areas looking east

Living and dining areas looking east

Living room looking southwest in winter

Living room looking southwest in winter

Backyard southern-facing windows

Southern-facing windows at dusk

Southern-facing windows at dusk

One Comment

  1. Melissa Meyer
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    What a great house and great furniture too.


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