This photo comes from a 2008 post on The Feeling Is Mutual blog. At the time, it was a new build in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is obviously an attempt to do the exact thing I'd hoped to: modernize the Foursquare while keeping the craftsman language.
It has the characteristic front porch and tapered columns. The basic shape of the home is familiar: two story box. And one of my favorite features: the rafter tails at the roof.
Now, before I even get to the roof line and the second story windows, let's just point out a few things I think are disappointing 'misses'.
Architecture is subjective. What is beautiful to one is not ideal for another and I'm no expert by any means. With undergoing the American Foursquare study, I thought a simple way to update a type of home I love, would be simply updating the plan and perhaps the materials. It still failed to communicate a contemporary look. So, I brought in my husband. It was actually quite funny to listen to us argue about how to tweak a building style which we both love and admire. But we persevered...to some extent, I guess. Honestly, I'm quite sick of sparring with Sketch-Up and trying to change something I honestly liked in the first place: the 1918 version of the American Foursquare.