This Four Square has been returned to its former glory over the last two years. A fire-damaged upper story that had been covered over with plywood has been re-shingled and the windows brought back to their original design. An old photo showing the second floor balcony inspired the owner to remove the inappropriate railing and return it to the original shingled siding. A warm palette of colors including a muted green on the lower clapboard siding, a darker shade of green on the shingled second floor and a burgundy trim on the window sashes show off its wonderful detailing. The tremendous amount of time and energy that went into restoring this remarkable gem in the Hampton Terrace Tract is to be applauded and is truly deserving of the 2009-2010 award.
This charming bungalow was built by John H. Scott, a contractor who built a number of houses in the Highland Park area. Its pyramidal roofline would classify it as Pyramidal Folk Victorian, but its many other architectural features are predominately Craftsman. These include the central dormer vent on the roof, the decorative rafter tail ends under the overhanging eaves, and the combination upper shingled siding and lower clapboard treatment. All the details were brought back to life with a pleasing palette of colors that include ristique, carob bean and cream. Leftover bricks from the foundation were used to create a path in the front yard to complement the new landscaping. The crowning touch is a new wooden gate made by the owner that mimics the rafter tail ends on the roof. The owners’ commitment to this home and its architectural significance is commendable and well deserving of the 2009-2010 award.