1992: Happy anniversaries in Washington, D.C.
Keith Bundy breaks into a big, happy laugh, “I love the outdoor space. And I love the kitchen,” he says. “I love to cook, and meals are so important to the family core, just being together.”
The home Bundy moved into with his wife, Pam, and their three children in 1992 is one of 10 built in Washington, D.C., when the Carter Work Project brought the former president and first lady back to town.
Bundy remembers lots of news coverage and being quite happily surprised with the entire process. “I never thought that it would happen so fast,” he says. “After 6 months labor, we were in the house.” He lets out an amazed chuckle, remembering what felt like a whirlwind. “Just before the build, we came out to the site where the home was to be built, and it was just a concrete slab. And we finished the build before that week was out.”
As years have passed, two of the Bundy children have moved out. The third, a son with a physical disability, lives with Keith and Pam, who has health issues, as well. Their conditions give Keith one more item to add to the list of things he loves about his house: no stairs. “I love that everything is one level, especially as I see my wife struggling,” he says. “She’s been struggling the last few years with balance and walking, so the one level is terrific.”
Having a stable, affordable place they love to call their own for the last 21 years has helped the Bundy family focus on more important things like health — and each other. The day they moved in, June 18, is twice as special for them. This year, Bundy explains, “My wife and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary on the anniversary of moving into the house.”
ALSO IN 1992: In addition to the 10 homes completed in D.C., 10 row houses were rehabbed in the Sandtown area of Baltimore.