Laserfiche WebLink
BUILDING FORM (6 Locust Avenue) <br /> ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION <br /> Describe architectural features. Evaluate the characteristics of the building in terms of other buildings within the <br /> community. <br /> Shaded by a large maple tree, 6 Locust Avenue is a 2 1/2-story dwelling displaying a first floor sheathed in wood clapboards <br /> with staggered butt shingles above. The house is set on a fieldstone foundation. The gablefront measures three bays wide <br /> with 1/1 sash and a smaller pair of 1/1 windows in the attic. The facade is fronted by a single-story porch supported by <br /> bulbous turned porch posts which are spanned by stick balusters. The sidehall entrance is marked by an enclosed vestibule <br /> with a multi-glass outer door framed by sidelights. The inner door is of a glass-and-panel configuration. The pediment <br /> marking the entrance is sheathed in vertical boards with a curved half-timber detail on the pediment and ends of the porch. <br /> The east elevation displays a large gable wall dormer and is fronted by a smaller gable projection with the same sheathing and <br /> foundation. The projecting gable is two bays wide on the upper level while the lower level displays a central window flanked <br /> by smaller windows on the cutaway corners. There is an additional cross gable on the west elevation and a single-story wing <br /> at the rear. A small rear porch has been added on the east side and is shaded by an arbor. <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 /> Thdhouse appears to have been constructed for Nelson Jenney as a rental property in the 1890s. In 1893 the P. Pierce heirs <br /> sold the land to Jenney and by 1894 he was assessed for a house on Locust Street. The Lexington Minute-man of June 29, <br /> 1907 reported that Mrs. Francis Buttrick had just purchased a house and land on Locust Ave. from Nelson Jenney and that <br /> the house was then occupied by the Clark family. Francis and Sarah Buttrick came to Lexington in October 1905. <br /> Directories indicate that the Buttrick family was living at 215 Mass. Ave. in 1906 but were at 4 Locust Avenue by the time of <br /> the 1908 directory. He was employed as a salesman and the family continued to live here into the 1950s when the property <br /> was conveyed to Marie and Verner Dempsey. <br /> The house was known as 4 Locust Avenue until the mid 1930s. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES <br /> Lexington Assessors Records. <br /> Lexington Directories, various dates. <br /> Lexington Minute-man, May 12, 1893; 6/29/1907. <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 />