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PROPERTY INFORMATION

Historic Name

201-205 Witherspoon Street

Current Name

Address

201-205 Witherspoon Street

Tax Parcel

1114_21.01_11

Historic District

Witherspoon Jackson HD

Classification

Contributing

Number of Resources

2

Style

Vernacular

Number of Stories

2

Material

Brick

Historic Function

Domestic

Current Function

Domestic

Last Entry Update

12/10/2015


DESCRIPTION

Setting

205 is at the corner of Witherspoon Street and Witherspoon Lane, 201 is south backing up to Princeton Cemetery. 205 has parking spaces north of the building and a broad concrete sidewalk right to the building line. 201 has a low stone retaining wall for the raised front lawn.

Description

201 Witherspoon Street
The southern building on the property is a 2-story, 3-bay house with a front end gable facing west to the street. The roof is clad with asphalt shingles; it features a simple rake and a small square brick chimney near the center of the ridge. The walls of the building are stuccoed. Fenestration consists of historic 2x2 double hung sash windows, arranged mostly symmetrically. The main (west) elevation has a different fenestration on each elevation. The attic level features a centered window the same size as those on the lower levels. The second floor features three windows. The first floor features a door in the north bay and a paired window unit to the south. The door and paired window are protected by a hipped roof front porch that features a small gable over the door; three thin square posts support the eaves. A concrete set of steps leads down from the door to the grade of the front lawn and then down through a stone retaining wall to the grade of the sidewalk lining the street. The side walls feature windows on the first and second floor levels, arranged mostly symmetrically. The stuccoed foundation includes horizontal basement windows on the side walls.

205 Witherspoon Street
The building on the southeast corner of the intersection is a 3-story, 3-bay brick building with a cross-gabled roof. The roof is clad with asphalt shingles and features a minimal raking cornice with small returns on the west elevation. A rectangular brick chimney is located near the southeast corner. The walls are laid with light brown brick incorporating decorative quoins at the corners facing Witherspoon Street. Fenestration varies; windows include historic 4x4 and replacement 1x1 double hung sash units. On the main (west) elevation, an attic window in the peak of the gable is divided by muntins into eight panes. The second and third floor feature three sets of paired windows. The first floor has two display windows separated by an arched brick opening with three alcoved doors (appear to be historic) for the shops and dwelling units above. The south elevation has four equally spaced window openings at the 2nd and 3rd floors with a fire escape at the easternmost. The north facade is similar to the south elevation except for two first floor windows. The rear facade has a second floor covered deck across the whole width.

Behind the main building is an L-shaped outbuilding. The main block is a 1-story brick section with an end-gabled roof facing west. The roof is clad with asphalt shingles and features a rectangular brick chimney near the southwest corner. The brick walls are laid in running bond. Windows are historic 2x2 double hung sash units with a segmental arched frame below a 2-wythe brick rowlock arch. The main entrance is located on the west elevation near the northwest corner; the door opens below a shed-roofed porch with two thin square corner columns. The rear section is a 1-story section with a shed roof and two sets of doors on the north elevation.


HISTORY

Built

1905

Architect

 

Builder

 

History

This house, c. 1905, first appears on the 1906 Sanborn Map; it is not shown on the 1902 map.

Sources

Sanborn Atlas


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PHOTO FROM 2015 SURVEY


2015 Photo
West and south elevations


2015 Photo
201 Witherspoon Street: west and north elevations


2015 Photo
205 Witherspoon Street: west and south elevations


2015 Photo
205 Witherspoon Street: west and north elevations


HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS

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