This diminutive but vivid purple and orange 1917 craftsman bungalow at 109 North Street is the home of EMU English professor Abby Coykendall.
The house has a recessed front porch; inside are original floors, windows (in abundance), and woodwork. Although just a bit more than 1,200 square feet in size, the house is spacious and very comfortable for one person and a cat. Coykendall makes use of every inch of space. The front room, which was once likely an enclosed porch, is her office and it opens into the living room. The adjacent dining room doubles as a family room. The previous owner chose distinctive paint colors, which Coykendall likes a lot, although she’s thinking about deepening the colors in the front room and living room. One of the two upstairs bedrooms has dark purple walls.
Coykendall bought the house in June 2007, coming to Ypsilanti and EMU by way of Tucson, San Francisco, and Buffalo. She describes North Street as “location, location, location,” saying that she loves being “a hop, skip, and a jump” from Riverside Park and Depot Town. Coykendall appreciates the easy walk home after meeting her colleagues in the English Department for a drink at the Sidetrack. In nice weather, she bikes to work.
Coykendall has an eclectic collection of furniture and things picked up over the years. Several Rothko reprints are on the walls. “I got almost everything in Buffalo,” she says. “Buffalo is filled with old things.”
Stepping out the kitchen door into the backyard, tourgoers will see a little porch off to the right. “It is just big enough to fit me, a cat, and a book when it rains,” laughs Coykendall.