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PROPERTY INFORMATION

Historic Name

51-53 Birch Avenue

Current Name

Address

51-53 Birch Avenue

Tax Parcel

1114_6902_23

Historic District

Witherspoon Jackson HD

Classification

Contributing

Number of Resources

1

Style

Vernacular

Number of Stories

2

Material

Aluminum

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 east of the intersection with John 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 a gravel drive along the west side of the house.

Description

The house is a 2-story vernacular building facing south to Birch Avenue. It has a front end gabled orientation; the roof is clad with asphalt shingles and features a small chimney near the north end of the ridge. The eaves are wood-clad. The house's frame walls are clad with aluminum siding. Windows are original 6x1 double hung sash units, with inoperable shutters on the main (south) elevation. The attic window on the main elevation is a 3x3 unit that also features inoperable shutters. The house has four bays on the south elevation and three on the side walls. A full-length front porch extends along the entire south elevation; it has a hipped roof clad with asphalt shingles supported by four unfluted columns that are partially connected by a simple railing. Below the porch are doors in the center bays, flanked by windows. A set of four concrete steps leads down from the porch to the grade of the front lawn. The house has a concrete foundation with horizontal basement windows.


HISTORY

Built

1925

Architect

 

Builder

 

History

The house was constructed c. 1925. Historic maps indicate that the property was vacant as late as the Sanborn atlas of 1918. The first indication of the house is the historic aerial of 1940, which shows the building (as do all subsequent historic aerials). Note: the historic atlas of 1930 does not document houses along Birch Avenue.

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PHOTO FROM 2015 SURVEY


2015 Photo
South (main) elevation


2015 Photo
South and west elevations


2015 Photo
South and east elevations


HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS

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