For years I’ve tried to imagine the layout of my grandparents’ home as I heard my Dad tell me stories of growing up and as I looked at the family photos. For some reason I always found it difficult to imagine. Recently, I found a way to easily draw a floor plan and place the photos into that floor plan. This has helped me understand the arrangement of my grandparents’ home.
While there are several software programs available, I settled on using floorplanner.com since it is browser based and free. It was easy to use although the free version does not allow me to share it as I would like.
My 10 minute video below shows how using floorplanner.com has helped me understand the progression of changes to my grandparents’ home in the pipe yards at Singer Pipe and Supply during the time period they lived there.
My dad and/or grandpa shot some footage that not only shows the outside of the Singer home but shares with us some of their activities such as family visiting, delivery from the milkman and a snowball fight. It’s much easier to appreciate the warehouse, the pipe yards, and the home now that I have a better perspective of the floor plan and area.
Knowing the surroundings is another important element to understanding the neighborhood. The Sanborn Map ca 1955 (available online at http://www.metrolibrary.org) shows the location of the Singer Pipe & Supply Company and house.
The area is completely changed today and, in fact, it’s almost difficult to imagine anything could have been there especially a home. Below you can see the approximate location on the 2012 map, which links to the google map site where you can put it in perspective to the Oklahoma City area and see photos as if you are standing on that street.
- Ella vs. Singer
- Then and Now
- Framed for Life
- flickr Home at Singer set that includes the photo in the Singer Progression video