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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 /> 31 and 29 Sherman St. (MHC#674)were clearly built as a pair—perhaps the only instance in Lexington of paired Queen Anne <br /> houses. The houses are almost exact mirror images,but with subtle differences. Both are rectangular with a rear ell, 2'/2 stories, <br /> three-by-three bays, and front-gabled with side chimneys and projecting 2'/2-story gabled bays facing each other. Both houses are <br /> set on fieldstone foundations, clad with wood clapboards and wood shingles, and roofed with asphalt shingles. Both also have a <br /> two-story octagonal tower with a peaked roof with flared eaves surmounted by a ball finial,a frieze of rectangular panels, and <br /> similar though larger panels under the first-story windows;both houses have a front porch with turned posts and a square-stick <br /> frieze;and both have diamond-pattered shingles in the gables. Some finishes are echoes rather than mirrors,however: the sunburst <br /> used in the pediment of the front gable at 29 Sherman is used in the side gable at 31 Sherman, and the band of rectangular panels <br /> at the base of the front gable at 31 Sherman is seen in the side gable at 29 Sherman. And some original finishes are unique to just <br /> one house: the triple window in the front gable and oculus window in the side gable at 29 Sherman;the segmental window head in <br /> the front gable at 31 Sherman;the canted one-story rear bay with a frieze of rectangular panels at 29 Sherman. The rear additions <br /> and alterations also differ. In the case of 31 Sherman,there are turned posts and a frieze and balusters similar to those on the <br /> front porch both on an entry on the west elevation and on a rear porch, and one-story shed-roofed additions on both sides of the ell. <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 /> Lexington assessors' records indicate that 31 Sherman St. was built in 1902 in the name of Emma L. Hovey, the wife of Robert H. <br /> Hovey, an engineer on the Boston and Maine Railroad, whose tracks ran right behind this house. Before building this house the <br /> Hoveys had lived on Fletcher St. as had Justus Morse, the baggage master at the Lexington station, who built the twin of this <br /> house next door at 29 Sherman St. (MHC#674). Presumably the two men,who must have known each other through work and <br /> as neighbors, had decided to build adjoining matching houses. It is not known,however, where they acquired the plans for the <br /> houses. Although the Sherman/Sheridan/Grant Street area was developed as one of rental houses (see Area form G),the <br /> Hoveys apparently lived in this house themselves and were still there in 1924. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES ❑see continuation sheet <br /> Lexington Directory. 1902-03, 1906, 1908-09, 1924. <br /> Lexington Valuation Lists. 1902-1903. <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 />