Building Address:  253 Handsome Avenue

Section / Block / Lot:

Surveyor’s Name:  Jackie Peu-Duvallon

Survey Date:  March 2004

Building Type:  House

Owner’s Name:  

Building Name:  N/A

Date of Construction:  ca. 1925

Architect:  N/A

Building Dimensions:

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

Condition:  Good

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.

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