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BUILDING FORM (23 Lincoln 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 good example of an early 20th century bungalow, 23 Lincoln Street(MHC #1074) is a 1 1/2-story, wood shingled <br /> dwelling which rests on a stone foundation laid with a distinctive raised bead joint. Typical of the style,the house displays a <br /> gently-pitched, broad gablefront. The overhanging eaves are decorated by exposed rafters and at the top of the gable is a <br /> horizontal pair of 4 x 3-light windows. The front gable shelters an open porch which is divided into two bays by square posts <br /> which are spanned by a horizontal beam which curves at the top of the posts. The posts rest on a shingled wall which is <br /> punctuated to the east by an inset star balustrade. The wooden front stairs are flanked by shingled sidewalls resting on a <br /> stone foundation. <br /> Facing the house, the entrance is to the left and contains a wooden door with two raised panels, flanked by two 6/1 windows <br /> with molded surrounds. To the right is a large picture window consisting of a large single-pane window with a 6 x 2-light <br /> transom, set in a tapered surround. A similar picture window is located to the left of the projecting front porch and is <br /> supported by paired brackets. Fenestration on the side elevations includes a band of three 3 x 4-light windows on the west <br /> side and a three-sided bay window with 6/1 windows on the east. <br /> Behirdd the original house is a large wood-shingled addition constructed in 1989. Fenestration includes casements, sliders and <br /> 1/1 sash. A porch on the west side echoes the front porch and displays a similar overhang with exposed rafters. <br /> The house is set above the level of the street. A paved path leads up from the street and mature sugar maples shade the front <br /> yard. Behind the house is a wood-shingled garage(MHC#1075),oriented with its gablefront facing Audubon Road. The <br /> garage is notable for retaining its double accordion doors. Each of the six panels consists of a 2 x 2-light upper glass over <br /> two recessed vertical panels. <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 /> It appears that this house was constructed c.1910-11 for William H. Hannam of Somerville. The 1910 Valuation List <br /> indicates that Hannam was assessed for an unfinished house valued at$3000. In 1911 the value of the house was set at <br /> $4,000, suggesting its completion. Directories indicate that William Hannam was a salesman who worked in Boston. <br /> Linnette Hannam was still living here in 1950. Later owners included Raymond and Lillian Lipscomb and Frank and <br /> Catherine Lind. <br /> The present owner had been told that this may be a Sears &Roebuck house but no verification could be found. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES <br /> Lexington Assessors Records. <br /> LeIngton Directories, various dates. <br /> Lexmgton Valuation Lists, various dates. <br /> Stevenson, Katherine Cole and Jandl, H. Ward. Houses by Mail: A Guide to Houses from Sears, Roebuck and Company. <br /> Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1986. <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 />