Dating to the 1970’s, this remodeling of a former Queen Anne style house into a Neo-Mediterranean showplace is strangely captivating some 40-odd-years later.
The original c. 1900 Queen Anne feautured clapboard siding and boxed eaves which were arched and shingled in the gables for interest. At some point – possibly in the 1920’s – the clapboard siding was stuccoed over. Decades passed. Then, in the 1970’s, the house received a transformative makeover in the current vogue. Brown brick – lightened with a contrasting mortar – was chosen for the new ground-level facade. Arched openings echo the gable arches – which were intentionally downplayed with dark brown paint. A tall chimney – also mercifully painted out in dark brown – was likely added as part of the remodeling. One can only imagine what the interior of the newly-constructed living room must have looked like… I’m picturing red shag carpet flecked with black and a conical wood stove finished in burnt orange connected to the chimney.