Building Address: 253 Handsome Avenue
Section / Block / Lot:
Surveyor’s Name: Jackie Peu-Duvallon
Survey Date: March 2004
Building Type: House
Building Name: N/A
Date of Construction: ca. 1925
No. of Floors: 2
Decorative Features: Half-timbering
Siding Material(s): Stucco
Roof Style: Hipped
Roofing Material(s): Unknown
Foundation: Concrete block
Window Style(s): 6/6 double hung originals
No. of Entrances and Placement: One front door on the east elevation.
Chimneys and Placement: Two interior brick chimneys
Architectural Integrity: High – Moderate; the house appears unaltered.
Architectural Style: Vernacular Cotswold Cottage
With its asymmetrical massing, pseudo-thatch roof, small dormer windows, and exterior stucco finish, this house is a unique example of vernacular Cotswold Cottage style in the neighborhood. The house has three sections; two eave-front hipped-roofed wings connected by a one-story horizontal portion. The northern portion of the house is two stories high and two bays wide. The southern portion is one story and features picture windows on each elevation. The roof rolls at the eaves, and was likely originally clad in cedar shingle that mimicked the look of thatch. The current material may be asphalt shingle. Decorative half-timbering features in the sloped eave above the front doorway, and in an arch above the south wing’s front windows. The windows throughout the house are six-over-six double hung originals. The front door’s frame is a Tudor Revival pointed arch. The door itself retains its original hinge straps and other hardware. The house features two interior masonry chimneys, one in each portion of the house.