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INVENTORY FORM B CONTINUATION SHEET LEXINGTON 7 THERESA AVENUE <br /> MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL COMMISSION Area(s) Form No. <br /> 220 MORRISSEY BOULEVARD,BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS 02125 <br /> 2269 <br /> ❑ Recommended for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. <br /> If checked,you must attach a completed National Register Criteria Statement form. <br /> Use as much space as necessary to complete the following entries, allowing text to flow onto additional continuation sheets. <br /> ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION: <br /> Describe architectural features. Evaluate the characteristics of this building in terms of other buildings within the community. <br /> 7 Theresa Avenue occupies a small lot that slopes steeply down from west to east. The house is positioned slightly to the east <br /> on its parcel, with modest front and side setbacks. A level, paved driveway occupies the front east corner of the lot. A modern <br /> concrete block retaining wall wraps around the small front yard with its lawn, perennials, and shrubs. A concrete walkway leads <br /> from the sidewalk to the front entrance. The side yards are heavily landscaped with shrubs and perennials. A tall hedge lines <br /> the street edge to the west of the house. <br /> The building consists of a simple, nearly square volume that rises 2 '/2 stories from a concrete block foundation to a front gabled <br /> roof with exposed rafter ends and a chimney set in the center of the left slope, near the ridgeline. Walls are clad with wood <br /> shingles. Windows typically have 1/1 double hung replacement sash with a narrow band molding. The two-bay front fagade <br /> contains a one-story entry porch with concrete steps and square Tuscan posts supporting a low hip roof with exposed rafter <br /> ends; it covers a little more than half of the first story. To the right of the single leaf doorway is a tripartite window with 1/1 sash. <br /> Two asymmetrical windows occupy the second floor, and a smaller window is centered in the gable peak. A pedimented gable <br /> end is formed by a narrow, flared roof skirt connecting the front corners of the roof. Due to the sloping terrain, the basement is <br /> fully exposed at the eastern side of the house; a modern tripartite window having a large picture window in the center and a <br /> narrow casement window on each side faces the driveway. <br /> The east (right side) elevation has a fully exposed basement and a variety of 1/1 windows and small rectangular sash. The west <br /> (left side)elevation of the house has one 1/1 window and a casement window on the first floor and an offset 1/1 window towards <br /> the back of the second story. <br /> Well preserved and maintained, 7 Theresa Street is representative of modest, early 20th century suburban housing in Lexington. <br /> The house is notable for its intact simple massing, pedimented gable front, unusual concrete block foundation, classic front <br /> porch, and tripartite window on the fagade. <br /> HISTORICAL NARRATIVE <br /> Discuss the history of the building. Explain its associations with local(or state)history. Include uses of the building, and the role(s) the <br /> owners/occupants played within the community. <br /> The neighborhood centered around Bow Street and Hillcrest, Cliffe, and Rindge avenues covers a steep hillside between <br /> Massachusetts Avenue and Lowell Street along the Arlington town line. The Great Meadows and Arlington Reservoir are <br /> located to the west and east, respectively. By 1898, a very short stub of road between Mass. Avenue and the B & M Railroad <br /> tracks is labeled Bow Street. North of the tracks, it continues as a pathway to a farmhouse identified as J. A. Wilson. The 1899 <br /> directory identifies a James Wilson, farmer and market gardener, with a house off Bow, and a James A. Wilson, market <br /> gardener, with a house on Bow. The land remained undeveloped as part of the Wilson Farm until at least 1906. <br /> Most of the streets here were laid out and platted for house lots by 1927; development most likely began after 1918. <br /> Development slowly crept up the hillside through the early and mid 20th century, most densely along the grid of streets closest to <br /> Massachusetts Avenue. The Wilson farm remained in existence east of Bow Street (in the area now traversed by South Rindge <br /> Street) until at least 1950, when it encompassed a substantial farmhouse and greenhouse and two other large outbuildings. <br /> The area was likely developed in response to the electric street railway, which began service on Mass. Avenue in 1899. Like <br /> Liberty Heights to the south of Massachusetts Avenue (which it resembles, architecturally; LEX.Q), this neighborhood—known <br /> Continuation sheet I <br />