Wednesday, July 2, 2014

High on the Hill

The first house I am looking at today is at 1556 Grant Street. It is a Colonial Revival-style house with a hipped roof and a hipped domer. It was built by James Edward Guinet as his own house although the Grandview Heritage Group has not found a building permit as of yet. 

This home was built in 1908/09. The water permit is dated July of 1908.

The Guinet family lived here until 1912. 

Original photos show the house at a lower elevation. This is due to the fact that the current street grade is lower, the house has not been raised.

This home is a more modest version of its neighbours and I am going to show you one of those homes now.

If you can see through the trees and shrubbery, this house is located at 1544 Grant Street. As with 1556, it is a Colonial Revival style home. It is assumed that James Guinet built this house, which is listed as new and vacant in 1909. William H. Hibbert occupied the residence from 1910 to 1912.

Sorry I was unable to get clearer photos. That's the way it goes sometimes!

That brings up to 1530 Grant Street. Another building best described as Colonial Revival. However, the sheltering hipped roof, exposed rafter rails and open soffits give it the look of the emerging Prairie Style houses from that period in Chicago. This is another home where the building permit seems to be lost. 

The official date of this home is 1912 although directories suggest it may have been around earlier. In 1909, a miner by the name of William W. Irwin lived at 1530. In 1910 and 1911, it was a lumberman named Walter M. Marriot and in 1912, Edmund Evans, a piano teacher. This looks like another home built by Guinet. 
I want to thank the Grandview Heritage Group for the information on the homes.

I hope you find the beauty around you.


  1. It looks to be a fine house but the stairs would kill me. Thanks for showing a Colonial Revival house. I love old houses. I suppose it is because I grew up on a farm and in a house that has stood for over 200 years with only a few additions.

    1. I agree with you about the stairs Lee! There are a lot of homes in the city like that.