The Selland Home


1002 E Cambridge

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Vern and Joan Selland home. This home was built in the neoclassical style in 1919 which makes the home very close to 100 years old. This home is part of Porter Tract and it has 5,000 square feet, with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The home has a portico with pillars and porte cochere which is typical of the neoclassical style. This home is registered with the Register of Historic Homes and has the original oak flooring, double crown moulding, Persian rugs, antiques and art all through the home. There is a landscaped front yard and swimming pool in the backyard.

As you enter the home you will see a sweeping staircase in the foyer of the home. The railing is mahogany and there is a sitting area in the landing in the middle of the stairs. The foyer displays old family photos from both Joan and Vern’s family along with antique knick knacks

French doors lead to a white carpeted formal living room. Original back to back fireplaces in the living room and family room. The formal living room has a antique grandfather clock, a bronze bust of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe by Bill Menchaw, a Queen Anne table with a collection of oriental plates. The room features porcelain Chinese garden seats with soft mauve and ivory love seat. Oriental rugs cover the white carpeting in the room. On the walls, contemporary collection of lithographs throughout the home by different artists, Part of the Tamarind Collection.

The family room has the other side of the back to back fireplace and has a tile floor. The fireplace in this room was refurbished in 1947 with the white pattern on the face of the fireplace. Built in book cases hold a large LP collection of records. The room is casual and comfortable.

French doors lead into the informal dining area where a parson’s table and chairs are along with Joan’s soup tureen collection and more lithographs are on the walls. A door leads to the back yard and pool from this room. The lighting fixture in this room is different and unique.

A maid’s quarters, with a bedroom has been turned into an office for Joan. A bathroom adjoins this room.

Across the walkway is a doorway to the basement that is now used for storage. A small laundry room is just off the kitchen and it has a door leading to the backyard.

The kitchen has been completely modernized. Joan used to have a catering business and an updated kitchen was essential to her business. Joan and Vern have also done extensive entertaining and Joan is known for her dinner parties as she is an excellent cook. There is a cookbook collection and more soup tureens in the kitchen. Quimper plates and a basket collection are also displayed.

As you enter the formal dining room you will notice a large mahogany dining table with chairs with a matching hutch. Joan’s family crystal and China is displayed in the hutch. A chandelier purchased by Vern’s parents, Art and Mabelle Selland hangs over the dining table. An oval antique gold framed mirror is displayed on the wall which has been in Joan’s family for many years.

Heading up the sweeping staircase at the top of the stairs are wide hallways leading to the bedrooms. The Master bedroom is a soft pale yellow with a king size bed. There is also a master bath. Old family photos are displayed on the tables. Antique silk flower paintings adorn the bedroom walls.

The flower blue bedroom has an antique brass bed with an antique oak dresser.

Along the hallway are two linen closets and a sewing room. A second bathroom is just before a large bedroom at the west end of the home. This bedroom has built in drawers and overlooks the porte cochere. A king size bed with white linen sits in the middle of this room.

French doors lead to bedroom number 4 and is adjacent to the large bedroom. A king size bed and chest of drawers is in this room. Doors lead out to the hallway to a telephone sitting area with a window seat.

The back yard has a swimming pool and grassy area for entertaining. From the back yard there is a gate that leads to the porte cochere and then out to the front of the home.