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PROPERTY INFORMATION

Historic Name

American Legion

Current Name

Address

28 Lytle Street

Tax Parcel

1114_15.01_18

Historic District

Witherspoon Jackson HD

Classification

Noncontributing

Number of Resources

1

Style

Vernacular

Number of Stories

2

Material

Aluminum

Historic Function

Social

Current Function

Domestic

Last Entry Update

12/1/2015


DESCRIPTION

Setting

Due to the design of this house, the front porch steps land almost at the sidewalk, and a rear front basement entrance under the porch, plus driveways on each side of its narrow lot, preclude any front or side yard or vegetation. There are no street trees in front of the house however the street is shaded here from trees elsewhere. The house is located on the south side of the street.

Description

Constructed on a narrow lot, this is a 2-story, frame residence with a fron front-end gable roof, narrow front (north) elevation and deep (3 room) leng length. The house sits slightly higher than most houses, creating a rare near nearly half basement with an equally rare basement entrance under the porc porch. This basement entrance, plus a rebuilt porch and steps consisting of f of faux stone, make this a noncontributing resource. The walls are clad in alum aluminum and the foundation is cement. A two-story shed roofed addition is atta attached to the rear. The house is three bays wide however the it is asymmetrical: the second fl floor windows and first floor windows, though aligned, are off center to th the west or right, leaving room for the door at the northeast corner. (All ho house windows are 1x1). The door opens under a nearly flat hipped roofed fu full length front porch. The porch is support by three thick square posts re resting on a faux stone 1/3 wall (banister) running the porch perimeter. A se set of large masonry steps opposite the door, featuring tiered parapet wa walls and center iron railing, lead down to grade. To the west of the st stairs is a basement entrance consisting of a modern aluminum storm door an and large picture window. This building may have housed a commercial en enterprise here. The west or left side is a straight wall consisting of 3 symmetrically spaced 1x1 windows on both 1st and 2nd floors. A basement door and window are also located here. The east wall has three 1x1 widows on the 2nd floor of the core and one in the addition. The 1st floor has one window aligned with 2nd floor window #1 only, and one aligned under the addition's 2nd floor window.


HISTORY

Built

1908

Architect

 

Builder

 

History

House appears on 1911 Sanborn map but not 1906 map, therefore c. 1908 construction date.

The house was used for several years as an American Legion Post. On November 29, 1922, the Charles Robinson American Legion Post No. 218 was established, named for the first Princetonian to lose his life in World War I. The Post was founded in a house on Jackson Street and met in various locations prior to settling in this house on Lytle Street.

Sources

Sanborn map: 1906, 1911; HPC information.


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PHOTO FROM 2015 SURVEY


2015 Photo
North and west elevations


2015 Photo
North (main) elevation


2015 Photo
North and east elevations


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