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PROPERTY INFORMATION

Historic Name

122 Birch Avenue

Current Name

Address

122 Birch Avenue

Tax Parcel

1114_6904_8

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

11/13/2015


DESCRIPTION

Setting

This property is located on the south side of Birch Avenue near the center of the block between the intersections with Race and John Streets. Birch Avenue has a tree-lined sidewalk on both sides. Properties on the south side of the street have a small front lawn between the sidewalk and the houses. The property's drive runs along its east edge.

Description

The building on the property is an American Foursquare with a rectangular footprint. Among its key features are its hipped roof, its dormer, and its front porch. The house has a hipped roof clad with asphalt shingles. The dormer on the main (north) elevation has a hipped roof, a ridge that extends the house's ridge, aluminum walls, and a replacement 6x6 window. A shouldered, semi-engaged brick chimney is attached onto the west wall of the house. The house has aluminum eaves, and its frame walls are stuccoed. Fenestration consists of replacement 6x6 windows, with inoperable and mostly undersized shutters on the main elevation. The north elevation has a paired window in the west bay of the first and second floors, aligned vertically. The east bay has a window on the second floor and a replacement door on the first floor. The front porch is a hipped roof element that extends along the entire main elevation. Four thin Tuscan columns supporting the eaves are connected by a thin railing. In front of the door, a set of brick stairs leads between a thin railing to the grade of the front lawn.

The side walls have fewer wall openings. The west wall features a paired window on both floor levels in the center of the wall and a rank of single windows to the south; all these windows have a rowlock sill. The east elevation has a single window on the second floor and three windows of different sizes spaced asymmetrically on the wall surface. The house has a concrete foundation with horizontal basement windows.


HISTORY

Built

1920

Architect

 

Builder

 

History

The house was constructed c. 1920. Historic maps and atlases show a vacant lot in this location as late as the Sanborn atlas of 1918. The Franklin Survey atlas of 1930 does not document properties north of Leigh Avenue. The house first appears on the historic aerial of 1940 and appears on all subsequent aerials.

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PHOTO FROM 2015 SURVEY


2015 Photo
North (main) elevation


2015 Photo
North and east elevations


2015 Photo
North and west elevations


HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS

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