Friday, April 30, 2010

1726 N Hudson

Another great Italianate, One reason that I'm drawing attention to this home is to show how diverse the many Italianates within Old Town really are.  It is very interesting to see how the various Italianate homes Old Town each possess common features, and yet also all have their own unique qualities.

This home is located at 1726 north Hudson Avenue.  Thanks to a nicely placed marker on the building itself, we know it was constructed in 1880.  This brick home features attractive carved stone lintels over the windows and doors, paired corbels at the cornice, as well as dentils on the trim. The lintels are either of exceptional quality, have been very well maintained and/or have been replaced, as the carvings are especially sharp and clear, regardless, it is very nice to see.  The continuous horizontal stone band, approximately 3 brick courses tall, is a nice detail that gives the facade of this home additional interest by breaking up the main brick field, which can otherwise at times be tiring on the eye.

Given the home's age, it is fair to assume that the wooden stairs presently on the home are not original.  It is likely that at the time the home was first constructed, the stairs were built of concrete.

If you have ever walked the streets of Old Town, you might have noticed that there seems to be an on going debate about the merits of wooden vs. concrete stoops.   It seems many owners, trying to save money, decide to replace their old, deteriorated concrete stoops with new wooden ones.  This leads to an almost endless cycle of repainting and replacing of worn or damaged treads.  This of course leads to a future owner, tired of all the hassle of repainting their wooden stairs, deciding to have a concrete stoop installed...  and the cycle begins anew...

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