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PROPERTY INFORMATION

Historic Name

187 Birch Avenue

Current Name

Address

187 Birch Avenue

Tax Parcel

1114_6902_59

Historic District

Witherspoon Jackson HD

Classification

Contributing

Number of Resources

1

Style

Vernacular

Number of Stories

2

Material

Stucco

Historic Function

Domestic

Current Function

Domestic

Last Entry Update

10/31/2015


DESCRIPTION

Setting

The property is located on the north side of Birch Avenue west of Race Street. Birch Avenue is a residential street with a tree-lined sidewalk on each side. The property has a small front lawn off the sidewalk and off- street parking along the west end of the house.

Description

This property contains the west half of a 2-story, 4-bay vernacular twin that appears to be one of four houses on the north side of Birch Avenue that were relocated here from Baker Street c. 1930. The house’s main feature is its hipped-roofed door hood. It features a side-gableroof that is clad with asphalt shingles with wood eaves and features one, interior, brick chimney located on the north (rear) slope of 187 Birch Avenue’s roof. The house is clad in stucco. All of the house’s windows are replacements. The first floor of the south elevation features a hipped-roofed door hood supported by two wood brackets, one on each side of the hood. The hood is located over the twin’s central front doors, one of which leads into 183 Birch Avenue (east door) and the other of which leads into 187Birch Avenue (west door). The porch is accessed by one, center, concrete and brick staircase with double, iron balustrades. The front doorsare flanked on their east by one, single, one-over-one, double-hung sash window and on their west by one, single, one-over-one, double-hung sash window. On the second floor, there arefour, single, one-over-one, double-hung sash windows, centered over the windows and doors on the first floor.

There is a two-story, flat-roofed, stuccoed addition to the north (rear) elevation of this twin. There is an additional one-story, shed-roofed, stuccoed addition to the north elevation of 183 Birch Avenue.


HISTORY

Built

1910

Architect

 

Builder

 

History

This parcel was vacant until c. 1930. The house appears to have been constructed on Baker Street (likely the east side) c. 1910, then relocated to this parcel c. 1930 during the Palmer Square construction. The building is located immediately west of two houses that are known to have been moved to Birch Avenue from Baker Street. Historic maps and Sanborn Atlases indicate that this particular property was vacant as late as 1918. The first historic map or aerial showing the house in this location is the historic aerial of 1940. Note: the 1930 atlas does not cover houses along Birch Avenue.

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PHOTO FROM 2015 SURVEY


2015 Photo
South and west elevations


2015 Photo
South (main) elevation


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