KNIGHTRIDGE ROAD

Knightridge Road was, at the time of Morrison’s fieldwork, home to two houses that exemplified the style of rural folk architecture that once populated the Salt Creek Valley.

This classic style, the double-pen house, was a rectangular and symmetrical building with two equal sized rooms downstairs and an upstairs loft with two sleeping rooms. Many of these houses often had an attached back lean-too, adding extra space for a kitchen. This style dates back to the nineteenth century, but thrived in rural and low income areas as either wood or, later, asbestos sided homes until the 1930s.

The first house was a one-story, single-pen with rear lean-to and built-on front porch. Front porches have long been common in more southerly areas due to the warm weather.

The second was somewhat larger, a one-story, double pen house that still had its original weatherboarding in 1983. This house was kept up by its owners primarily for sentimental reasons.