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BUILDING FORM (136 Cedar Street) <br /> ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION <br /> Describe architectural features. Evaluate the characteristics of the building in terms of other buildings within the <br /> community. <br /> A relatively unchanged but simple example of a Bungalow, 136 Cedar Street is a 1 1/2-story, side-gabled dwelling which is <br /> sheathed in wood shingles above a stone foundation. The roof is sheathed in asphalt shingles and displays overhanging eaves <br /> with exposed rafters on the front, lateral eaves. The recessed integral porch displays fluted posts with capitals resting on a <br /> shingled wall. The center entrance contains a glass window with three molded panels below. On one side of the entrance <br /> there is a tripartite window consisting of a central 6/1 flanked by 4/1 windows. On the other side of the doorway there is a <br /> paired 6/1 window. Rising from the center of the front roof slope is a low gable dormer containing two 6/1 windows. Like <br /> the main roof, the lateral eaves display exposed rafters. <br /> An exterior brick chimney rises from the south gable end which displays an asymmetrical profile owing to an abutting rear <br /> shed with exposed rafters. The predominant window on the house is a 6/1 sash with a molded surround and appears in pairs <br /> and individually. Projecting from the south wall is a shed-roofed bay window resting on a stone foundation and punctuated <br /> by three 6/1 windows. A shed dormer spans the rear roof slope. <br /> A pa-ved driveway extends to the north of the house,terminating at a side-gabled, wood-shingled garage resting on a concrete <br /> founliation and capped by an asphalt-shingled roof. There are two sets of hinged double doors on the broad facade and 6/6 <br /> windows on the remaining elevations. The house is set on a 26,490 square foot lot and is set close to the road. The front <br /> yard is shaded by large pine trees with rhododendrons plantings fronting the porch. <br /> HISTORICAL NARRATIVE <br /> Describe the history of the building. Explain its associations with local(or state) history. Include uses of the building and <br /> the role(s) the owners/occupants played within the community. <br /> This house occupies lots 38, 39,40, 41, 43, 44,45 and 81 of the Lexington Farms subdivision which was laid out in March <br /> 1912 (Book 202, Plan 11). Local assessors records indicate that the house was constructed in 1930. Valuation Records <br /> indicate that lots 38-42 were owned by Rebecca Davison of Needham from 1915 until about 1926. The house at 136 Cedar <br /> Street was apparently built shortly after 1926 by the new owner. The earliest known resident of the house was Arthur <br /> Edwards, an undertaker, who is listed in the directory as living here from about 1932 to 1934. Edwards is not listed in the <br /> Lexington Valuation records, suggesting he was renting the house from an unknown owner. <br /> The property was sold by Doris Landers to John and Genevieve Nelson in 1949 although directories indicate that Mrs. John <br /> Nelson was living in the ho--ise as early as 1942. John and Concorda Nelson occupied the property until 1977. The present <br /> owners purchased the property in 1984. <br /> i <br /> BIPILIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES <br /> Lexington Assessors Records. <br /> Lexington Directories,various dates. <br /> Lexington Valuation Lists, various dates. <br /> Recommended for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. If checked,you must attached a completed <br /> National Register Criteria Statement form. <br />
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