(Photo by Nancy Nelson)
In the first of a series of homes chosen by the Grand Old Homes Committee under the Cherokee Sesquicentennial Committee Will and Sarah Cook won recognition with their entry.
The Cook's Victorian home located at 736 West Cedar in Cherokee was built in 1900 at the instruction of Henry Brummer, a popular business man of the time.
Cook's are the seventh family to own the well maintained home and have lived there since 1988. It had originally remained in the Brummer family up until 1953 when a niece inherited the home and sold it.
The home originally had two porches. One at the front door and one on the east side of the home. The two small porches were later replaced with on larger wrap around style porch sometime prior to 1921.
The present iron fence is original to the home. It has been said that most iron fences in Cherokee were removed and given to the war effort of WWI. The Brummers apparently resisted this and the fence remains intact.
The iron fence on the east side of the home ends about two-thirds of the way north toward the back of the property. It was suggested that the "driveway" on the outside of the fence was a carriage drive which may have been shared with the home to the east.
By ending the fence, the carriage house became accessible from the drive. The property line not extending beyond the east side of the fence supports this theory. The drive remained accessible to Cedar Street until the recent Cedar Street project which built high retaining walls and eliminated the drive.
The garage behind the house is the original carriage house which was used to house the horses. There is still a small door on the back side which was likely used to move hay inside. The sliding barn door and full attic on the garage also remains.
The inside of the home has been extensively updated while keeping the original character and design intact.
The Cook's home will now be included as part of a Cherokee Grand Old Homes walking/driving tour being developed for the Sesquicentennial Celebration this year. The tour features homes of architectural and historical interest in the community.
To have your grand old home included in the tour submit your entry and information to Bonnie Varce at the Framing Nook on East Main in Cherokee or to Bonnie Lewis at Northwest Realty on West Main.