Looking like something out of a post-war subdivision, this ostensibly Colonial Revival four-plex would have gotten away with its charade if it hadn’t been for those meddling architectural sleuths that happened upon it! Located just a block away from the gloriously monolithic historic preservation endeavor known as the Cross House, the facade looks a bit newer than those of its neighbors.
The cover-up was quite thorough, but the conspirators slipped up (they always do). What gave the plot away?
From the front, there is nary a trace of the structure’s more flamboyant 19th-century history. But turn the corner and look up. The eaves are not only a bit too deep for a mid-20th century Colonial Revival, but they are bracketed in the Italianate style – even going so far as to sport drop finials! For whatever reason, the brackets were left in place when this former single-family house was remodeled inside and out… there’s always a smoking gun!