Appearing in the 1886 edition of Shoppell’s Modern Houses, Design No. 580 is a massive house with a central stair hall and wide, asymmetrical, façade. While many of the plans offered by Robert W. Shoppell’s Co-Operative Building Plan Association of New York were decidedly Queen Anne in style, many Shingle style options could also be found — including this one.
A surviving example of the design, neglected for many years, stands today at 179 Montford Avenue in Asheville, North Carolina. Happily, it has recently found new stewards who are in the process of restoring it. Dr. Eric Halvorson and his wife Rebecca have taken on the challenge of preserving the fascinating house which, as an example of the work produced by Shoppell, is important both locally and nationally. Dr. Halvorson has kindly shared photos of the house taken prior to the start of work. Unless noted otherwise, all photos were taken by him.
Unusual for its placement on its relatively narrow urban lot, the house is known in its neighborhood as the “Sideways House”. What was intended to be a side elevation now faces the street, while the intended front faces the neighboring house. It is a beautiful design, and rare in that it thankfully retains a great deal of originality.