Located twenty feet behind American Dream, Another Dream is aligned with the front house by the two-story decks that run the length of both houses as well as the space separating them. It was completed two years later than American Dream. Another Dream has the same footprint as its neighbor (24X32’, with 8’-wide decks). The height is thirty feet to the ridge beam; but the tower extends the total height to about forty-two feet. The tower is located along the house’s central axis (twenty-four feet long by eight feet wide); it is open at each end (six feet) and closed in the center (twelve feet). Another Dream is also painted the same vivid blue with white trim, but instead uses yellow for the doors and window styles, rails, and muntins. There is also a stringcourse defining the attic level. The house is, of course, the same style as American Dream.
The interior space is almost a mirror image of that of the front house. It has a story-and-a-half living/dining room, a nine-foot ceiling height kitchen, half bath, and pantry in the rear. The first floor has one bedroom, a full bath (with washer/dryer), and foyer (hall, spiral stairs, owner’s closest, and door). There is a porch at the rear that contains the hot tub. The attic floor has a sleeping loft, bedroom, full bath, and mechanical closet. There is a covered deck off the bedroom (dormer-like, rear, center). The spiral staircase links all the floors and ends in the tower.
Ralph F. Bogardus is an amateur architect with a twenty-five year connection to Seaside. He and his wife, Ann, became homeowners (lot purchased with Ken and Mary Ann Clark) in 1988, and he designed and built two houses (front/back, side-porch connected Charleston type) on Grayton Street, between 1990 and 1993. During the mid 1990s, he served on the town council.
His interest in architecture began much earlier, and while he never pursued it professionally, he was admitted to the master’s-degree program in architecture at Washington University (St. Louis, MO) in 1970. He instead pursued Ph.D. study in American studies at the University of New Mexico (1971-74), spent a post-doctoral year at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN (1974-75), and then joined the American studies faculty of the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, in 1975. He retired in 2001 and is currently Professor Emeritus. Today, he and his wife reside in Old Seagrove, next door to Seaside.
Bogardus credits architects Michelangelo, Palladio, Leon Krier, Aldo Rossi, Alvar Alto, Louis Kahn, Michael Graves, Robert Venturi—as well as writers Jane Jacobs, Ada Louise Huxtable, and Vincent Scully—for providing his architectural education. Also important were the mid-Western vernacular, Italianate farmhouses he grew up with, and the early-20-century vernacular houses he later found in places like Tuscaloosa, AL, De Funiak, FL, and Florala, AL. Finally, the numerous houses and buildings by architects that he has visited over the years—from Antoine Predock’s La Luz in Albuquerque, NM, to Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain—have provided instruction.