This home is one of seven planned by S.E. Gross in 1903. As you view the house from the sidewalk you can see it has been given the much needed attention it deserves in contrast to the two adjacent S.E. Gross buildings. The porch is a re-creation in keeping with the original design. Done by Greene and Proppe Design, it maintains the size of the original front porch, but adds details like the fishscale shingles to the front gable. The beveled glass window, an addition, provides beautiful prisms of light in the entrance hall. The center window at the top (3rd floor level) is a replacement - an antique from an old cabinet in a church.
Once inside you can see the attention that has been given to the home's many fine qualities. The entrance hall has been opened up with the removal of a temporary closet. The staircase newel post is original and gives an indication of the original woodwork. The spindles are replacements.
The open entrance to the living room welcomes you to a lovely setting. The oak fireplace mantel is a vintage replacement. The room opens into the formal dining room with a slightly relocated entrance. All the moldings are replacements; the originals were more elaborate machine made oak with crowns above each opening. The original maple floors extend throughout the building, providing a warm neutral tone which offsets the beautiful interior hues.
As you walk through the dining room into the addition, which is a den and future kitchen eating area, you will see a wonderful back yard deck. The kitchen project is pending.
To view the second floor, please ascend the staircase carefully. On the second floor are four bedrooms radiating off a central hall. Each room is painted in a beautiful color with white painted woodwork. In one room, the ceiling has been vaulted to allow more light and to see the etched glass details of the replacement attic window. The re-design of the central hall was done to take advantage of the home's addition. Interior and much needed closet space was added. It is important to remember that people in 1903 did not own nearly as many clothes as people today and closets often had only hooks and no rods.
This home has been given much needed attention with excellent results. The other S.E. Gross homes in the area have been altered by varying degrees. One home you will visit, 1436, has more of the original details.
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