The house at 690 South Boulevard is a 1.5-story wood frame home with clapboard siding. The house is significant for architecture as a good example of a cross-gable bungalow. Although bungalows were very popular in Georgia from 1900 to 1930, the cross-gable form is the rarest of the four roof types. The dwelling has other elements of the Craftsman style, with a low, horizontally-oriented form, an integral front porch, and decorative gable brackets. Rehabilitation recently removed later additions and restored period finishes to the private home. Windows are multi-light sash over a single sash. Porch columns are full height on the partial-wraparound front porch, facing west.
The home is fronted by a series of terraced garden beds, adding to the horizontal look of the house. Bungalows were built low to the ground to blend in with the natural surroundings. The inside retains its historic trim and fireplaces with original tile surrounds. The house contains four bedrooms, four and a half baths, and over 4,000 square feet of space.
Bungalows are based on a type of house style from 18th-century India called the bengala, popular with the colonists. A 1910 book on the house style by Henry L. Wilson, the Bungalow Man from Chicago, offered a description of the bungalow from its primitive crudeness to its present state of artistic beauty and cozy convenience. Another proponent of the bungalow's charm, Fred T. Hodgson, wrote in 1906 that bungalows were the best type of cheap frame house built in large numbers in the U.S. since the old New England farmhouse went out of style. Hodgson thought there was nothing insincere or affected about these little houses.
The Grant Park neighborhood is one of a number of Atlanta bungalow-rich areas, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. Other neighborhoods include Candler Park, Oakhurst, East Lake, Inman Park, and Ormewood Park. Some of the city's popular streets with bungalows (including new construction in bungalow form) are Metropolitan Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Gresham, and Woodland Avenue NE.