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INVENTORY FORM B CONTINUATION SHEET LEXINGTON 20 WEBB STREET <br /> MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL COMMISSION Area(s) Form No. <br /> 220 MORRISSEY BOULEVARD,BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS 02125 <br /> 2281 <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 /> 20 Webb Street is located on a small flat lot on the west side of Webb Street, near its intersection with Woburn Street. The <br /> building has a moderate setback from the street, and the lot is occupied mainly by lawn, with a two-car wide paved parking area <br /> at the northeast corner. Trees are scattered through the back of the property. <br /> The 1'/2 story, rectangular main block has a 1'/2 story addition along its north (right side) elevation, a 1 story rear wing to the <br /> west, and a small wood deck in the northwest corner between the side addition and rear wing. The front gabled main block is <br /> clad with stucco and brick veneer on its fagade (east) elevation and clapboard on its south (side) elevation. The side and rear <br /> additions are sheathed with wood clapboards. Plain narrow corner boards frame the walls, and flat fascia boards trim the roof <br /> edges. A brick chimney rises along the exterior of the south side wall, and a concrete block chimney rises from the exterior of <br /> the back wall of the rear wing. Fenestration is heterogeneous in size, type, and trim and irregular in arrangement. <br /> The fagade of the main block is faced with clinker-type brick on the first floor and half-timbered stucco on the half story. A <br /> narrow one-story porch with a hip roof wraps around the fagade and part of the south side, projecting in a cross-gable at the <br /> offset entry vestibule. The porch includes turned posts, square vertical balusters, and brick steps with bluestone treads. The <br /> cross gable at the entry contains half-timbering; a single-leaf door in a modern Victorian revival style is offset in the vestibule. <br /> Flanking the vestibule is a modern angled bay window; a modern, shallow rectangular bay window is centered in the half story. <br /> The left side elevation appears blank; it contains a small shed-roofed projection that terminates the wrap-around porch. The <br /> right side addition has a side gable with a saltbox form. Centered on its street (front)fagade is a large tri-partite window unit with <br /> a high semi-circular fanlight and radiating clapboards from the fanlight to the eave. Its asymmetrical right side elevation contains <br /> a triplet of casement windows on the first floor and a small pair of casements in the half story towards the back. The one-story <br /> gabled rear wing is barely visible from the street. Observable were a low-pitched gable roof, irregular fenestration, and a wood <br /> deck at the corner with the front addition. <br /> 20 Webb Street is distinctive as an example of the locally distinctive Tudor Revival style, employed on a modest cottage. <br /> Although considerably altered by additions, modern cladding materials, and new windows, it is notable for its surviving half- <br /> timbering and front porch and for its early 201h century origins on a street now characterized by repetitive mid-201h century <br /> housing. <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 /> Woburn Street was an early thoroughfare, established in the 17th century as one of the radial roads from Lexington's town <br /> center. Large farms were established along nearby Vine Brook by the mid 17th century, and commercial dairy and produce <br /> farms arose along early highways throughout outlying areas of town in the 19th century. Webb Street appears to have been laid <br /> out between 1918 and 1927. In the latter year, it is depicted as extending approximately its current length, providing access to <br /> Young Street and its inchoate grid of cross streets, likely intended for new suburban development. L. M. Webb was one of the <br /> farmers identified as owning property in this general area in 1906. <br /> The first known residents at this address are thought to be Charles E. Moloy, who worked as a farm laborer, teamster, and later <br /> a janitor, and his wife Ellen M. in 1920. Remaining in this house through at least 1955, the family consisted of Charles, Ellen, <br /> Continuation sheet I <br />