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BUILDING FORM <br /> ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION ❑ see continuation sheet <br /> Describe architectural features. Evaluate the characteristics of this building in terms of other buildings within the community. <br /> 7 Fletcher Ave. is one of a number of front-gabled Italianates in Lexington. The house is rectangular, 2'/2 stories,two-by-three <br /> bays, and front-gabled with two side chimneys. It is set on what appears to be a concrete foundation but could be just concrete <br /> veneer, clad with wood clapboards, and roofed with asphalt shingles. There are one-story shed-roofed additions on the south and <br /> rear elevations. The Italianate finishes are very similar to those on 8 Fletcher Ave. (MHC#671)directly across the street: paired <br /> brackets at the cornice(those on this house have drops), a two-story three-sided bay on the facade,milled brackets under the entry <br /> hood(again with drops), and a double front door with roundhead lights. There is, however, no one-story three-sided bay on either <br /> side of this house as there is at 8 Fletcher. At the rear is a three-car garage. <br /> HISTORICAL NARRATIVE ❑see continuation sheet <br /> Discuss the history of the building. Explain its associations with local(or state) history. Include uses of the building, and the <br /> role(s) the owners/occupants played within the community. <br /> This house was probably built in the 1880s, for it is not shown on the 1875 map of Lexington Center but is on the 1889. It is <br /> apparently one of the houses for which Charles G. Fletcher,who owned the land on which it is located,was assessed in 1886 and <br /> thereafter. The reason for its similarity to the house at 8 Fletcher Ave. is not clear. Fletcher almost certainly built it as a rental <br /> property,as he did the houses now at 10-12, 11-13, 16, 17, 20, and 21 Fletcher Ave. (see Area form G), and perhaps had this <br /> house designed to match the one across the street. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES ❑ see continuation sheet <br /> Beers, F. W. CountyAtlas ofMiddlesex Massachusetts. New York: J.B. Beers &Co., 1875. Lexington Center plate. <br /> Lexington Valuation Lists. 1883-1889. <br /> Walker, George H. &Co. Atlas ofMiddlesex County. Boston: George H. Walker&Co., 1889. 191. <br /> ❑ Recommended for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. If checked,you must attach a completed National <br /> Register Criteria Statement form. <br />