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BUILDING FORM (214 Mass Ave.) <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 a side-gabled bungalow, 214 Mass. Ave. is a 1 1/2-story, wood-shingled dwelling set on a rusticated <br /> concrete block foundation. Projecting from the facade is a wide, low gable which shelters the open front porch spanning the <br /> facade. The porch is supported by two wood-shingled battered piers which extend to the ground. Smaller shingled posts <br /> flank the curved concrete stoop walls. The overhanging eaves of both the front and side gables are supported by knee braces. <br /> The sidehall entrance contains a replacement wooden door and is flanked by full sidelights. Adjacent to the entrance is a set <br /> of three doublehung windows with four lights at the top of each upper sash. The front gable is lit by a horizontal window <br /> with four vertical lights. The west side of the building is punctuated by two three-part windows with four vertical panes in <br /> the upper sash over a single-pane lower sash. In addition to a pair of the same windows there is a new bow window in the <br /> attic. A smaller gable projects from the east elevation. <br /> A paved driveway extends along the west side of the house terminating at a novelty-sided garage with exposed rafters on the <br /> lateral eaves and double doors on the gablefront. The house is set on a low hill above Mass. Ave. with a stone retaining wall <br /> along the street. <br /> HIST6RICAL NARRATIVE <br /> Descibe 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 /> The exact date of construction of this house is not known. Local assessor's records suggest it was constructed in 1915 <br /> although this could not be verified. Assessor's records describe this property as containing lot 13 and part of lot 14 of the <br /> "O'Hara Plan". Only lots 1-10 had been lotted by the time of the 1906 Atlas. The property was known as 58 Mass. Ave. <br /> until about 1930. The earliest assessment information found for the property indicates that in 1925 Alice Sylvester was <br /> assessed for a house valued at$6000 and a garage valued at$300 on the 6765 square foot lot. Directories indicate that <br /> Anthony and Alice Sylvester were living here from about 1926 to 1928. He worked as a chauffeur. By 1930 the house was <br /> occupied by John Harwood,the manager of a gas station, and his wife Isabel. Harry and Ida Tepper were living here about <br /> 1940 and from c.1950 to c.1960 the house was occupied by Dora Shapiro and Ida Tepper. Martin and Helen Henneberry <br /> were in residence in the 1970s. <br /> The house was owned for many years by Florence and Richard Luongo who lived at 47 Pleasant Street. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES <br /> Lexington Assessors Records. <br /> Lexi gton Directories, various dates. <br /> Lex,�gton Valuation Lists,various dates. <br /> San' m Maps, 1927 and 1935. <br /> 1906 Atlas. <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 />