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PROPERTY INFORMATION

Historic Name

51 Leigh Avenue

Current Name

Address

51 Leigh Avenue

Tax Parcel

1114_6904_20

Historic District

Witherspoon Jackson HD

Classification

Contributing

Number of Resources

1

Style

American Foursquare

Number of Stories

2

Material

Stucco

Historic Function

Domestic

Current Function

Domestic

Last Entry Update

10/31/2015


DESCRIPTION

Setting

This property is located on the north side of Leigh Avenue west of the intersection with John Street. Leigh Avenue is a residential street with a tree-lined sidewalk on each side. A minimal front lawn is located north of the sidewalk, and off-street parking is located along a paved drive along the east boundary of the property.

Description

This house is a two-and-a-half-story, three-bay, American Foursquare building and its main features are two hipped-roof dormers, a second-floor bay, and an enclosed hipped-roof front porch. It features a hipped roof that is clad with asphalt shinglesand has vinyl-clad eaves. The house is clad in stucco. All of the house’s windows and doors are replacements. The roof of the south (front) elevation of the house features a centered, hipped-roof dormer with one, double, one-over-one, double-hung sash window. The first floor of the south elevation features an enclosed one-story, full-length,hipped-roofed, wood porch and an off-set front door. The porch is accessed by an off-set wood staircase that leads to the front door and that has a double, wood balustrade. On its south (front) elevation, it features an elliptical arch that supports the roof and that is supported in turn by two, large, stuccoed, tapered columns to which the porch walls are attached. The south (front) porch wall features an off-set wood front door flanked by one, small, single, fixed-pane window over a stuccoed half column to its immediate east and then four, large, single, fixed-paned windows to the east of the small window. The wall under the windows is paneled. On the second floor, there aretwo, single, one-over-one, double- hung sash windows, one on either side of the peak of the hipped roof.

The east elevation features a square bay supported by brackets and located in the center of the second floor of this elevation. Its south elevation features one, single, one-over-one, double-hung sash window and its east elevation features two, single, one-over-one, double-hung sash windows. In addition, it supports an over-sized, shed-roof dormer in the roof of this elevation. The dormer has one, double, one-over-one, double-hung sash window.

The roof of the west elevation of the house features a centered, hipped- roof dormer with one, double, one-over-one, double-hung sash window.

There is a shed-roofed, wooden porch on the north (back) elevation of this house.

The house’s foundation is clad in stucco.


HISTORY

Built

1920

Architect

 

Builder

 

History

The house was constructed c. 1920. Historic maps show a vacant lot in this location as late as the Sanborn Atlas of 1911. The Sanborn atlas of 1918 shows a small frame building standing on the property. The house is clearly indicated on the historic aerial of 1940.

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PHOTO FROM 2015 SURVEY


2015 Photo
West and south elevations


2015 Photo
Main (south) elevation


2015 Photo
South and east elevations


2015 Photo
Detail of front porch, facing NW


HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS

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