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This home, built by S.E. Gross in 1903, is one of ten houses on the same building permit. The approximate cost of construction was $3,000. The architect is J. Brompton. Unlike the other Gross homes on our tour, this one shows many of the original details. The fa├žade includes a front porch with classical columns and a pediment above the staircase. Above the second floor, the overhang is decorated with a row of brackets. The window arrangement on the second floor shows diamond shaped panes like one of the S.E. Gross homes on Glenwood. The siding has obscured the third floor window which also has a diamond pattern.

The front hall features two wood and glass doors. The wood type is possibly birch, mahogany or maple. The original finish, a darkened varnish, makes identification difficult. Notice the beautiful details that made the S.E. Gross homes so wonderful and sought after. The doorway and window moldings show the Classical Revival influence. The vertical molding features an Ionic column. The entrance hall includes a small guest closet and staircase with turned spindles and original newel post. The hallway opens directly into the living room through French doors.

The living room includes a bay window and the beautiful gas fireplace. The mantel is original with Ionic columns matching the molding design of the doorways and windows. Green ceramic tile is used around the fireplace and on the hearth. The floors are warm maple throughout.

The dining room is light and airy. The built-in sideboard features lunettes and diamond patterned glass inset in wood doors. The back window, a French window, adds to the open airy feeling of the room. A doorway connects the dining room to the kitchen which is undergoing a redesign. The room off the back is a playroom now, but may have been an eating area. The two-door entrance appears to be original.

Going to the second floor, you can see the double sized bedroom made from two rooms. This faces the front of the house and was done recently. Perhaps the most interesting room is a smaller one at the back. It has a charming storage closet with double doors. It was designed to hold clothes on hooks. All the moldings on the second floor are intact, showing the Ionic design capped with beautiful crowns.