Building Address: 277 and 279 Handsome Avenue
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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: Exposed rafters, stucco arches and friezes
Siding Material(s): Stucco
Roof Style: Hipped
Roofing Material(s): Asphalt shingle
Foundation: Concrete block
Window Style(s): 6/1 double hung originals, multi-pane casement replacements
No. of Entrances and Placement: One front door on the east elevation.
Chimneys and Placement: One interior brick chimney
Architectural Integrity: High – Moderate; the house is largely unaltered. The windows on the first floor have been replaced. The original roofing material has been replaced. A one story sunroom has been added on the south façade.
Architectural Style: Vernacular Arts and Crafts
This is one of many vernacular Arts and Crafts houses on the lower part of Handsome Avenue. This house stands two stories high and three bays wide, and has a square plan. Its low-pitched hipped roof features wide overhanging eaves and exposed rafters. The first floor exterior is clad in beige-painted stucco. The second floor is clad in wood shingle.
Three arched bays define the front façade on the first floor. The center arch creates a small integrated porch; the front doors are set to the sides. The arch motif is repeated in the window bays on either side. Small decorative friezes appear in the arches. On the second floor, three-sided window bays project on either end of the front façade. The windows on the first floor are multi-pane casement replacements. On the second floor the six-over-one double hung originals remain with storm guards set in front of them. An interior brick chimney is located on the south façade. A one story sunroom has been added on the south façade. This house is currently a two family home.