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BUILDING FORM (4 Oakmount Circle) <br /> ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION <br /> Describe architectural features. Evaluate the characteristics of the building in terms of other buildings within the <br /> community. <br /> The Merriam House at 4 Oakmount Circle is a well-preserved example of the Dutch Colonial style conceived in brick and <br /> constructed in 1925. The brick veneer is laid in a stretcher bond and a row of soldier brick acts as a watertable. The house is <br /> capped by a steeply-pitched slate gambrel roof with a clapboarded shed dormer on the front slope. Centered on the three-bay <br /> facade, the main entrance contains a six-panel door flanked by recessed panel pilasters with fluted brackets. The door is <br /> capped by a semi-elliptical fanlight. On either side of the entrance is a tripartite 6/6 window flanked by 4/4 sash. The <br /> windows are capped by flat arch brick lintels with keystones and flanked by paneled shutters with cutouts. A single-story <br /> sunporch spans the west end of the house. <br /> HIS'ORICAL NARRATIVE <br /> Des´┐Żribe the history of the building. Explain its associations with local(or state) history. Include uses of the building and <br /> the 4le(s) the owners/occupants played within the community. <br /> This property comprises lot 137 of the Oakmount Park subdivision. Oakmount Circle was originally known as Circle Road. <br /> Town Valuation Records indicate that in 1925 Robert and Grace Merriam were assessed for an unfinished house valued at <br /> $15,000. The following year, at the completion of the house it was assessed at$20,000. The Merriams continued to live <br /> here until about 1960 when they constructed a new house next door(2 Oakmount Circle). The house at 4 Oakmount Circle <br /> was purchased by Roland and Dorothy Christensen in 1961. <br /> [Note: Robert Merriam was a grandson of Matthew P. Merriam, who laid out a series of lots in the Meriam Hill <br /> neighborhood in the late 1880s. Meriam Hill takes its name from the pre-Revolutionary Meriam family(no relation to either <br /> Matthew or Robert).] <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES <br /> Comprehensive Cultural Resources Survey of Lexington, Book 1, 1984. <br /> Hudson, Charles. History of the Town ofLexingion. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913. <br /> Lexington Assessors Records. <br /> Lexington Directories,various dates. <br /> Le xngton 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 />