Friday, October 3, 2014

Captains and Revival

Here's a different home for you to look at. This is a 2 1/2 storey, Colonial Revival house with a hipped roof and hipped front dormer. The front is unusual since it has a bay window and a formal entranceway with one oriel window beside it. Usually, this style of home would have an integral porch.

Frank L. Dixon was issued a building permit February 14, 1911 for a $3,500 dwelling house. A year before, on August 3, 1910, the same owner had a building license for a $100 stable on the same property.

The first residents of this address are Dixon and realtor Frank B. Maiken n 1912.

Now we are back to an example of the Gabled Vernacular Style of home - there seems to be a fair amount of these homes in the area. At least I seem to type the description often.

This house, as you can see, has deck over the porch and an unusual projecting gabled bay on the attic storey. On September 29, 1909, A.D. McQuarrie was issued a building permit with a value of $2,200.

The house is listed as new and vacant in the 1910 directory. However, in 1911 and 1912, 1749 Napier Street was occupied by a contractor, William Thorpe, his wife and daughter Laura who was a bookkeeper.

This next home is located at 1749 William Street. It is a rather large and elaborate version of the Gabled Vernacular Style, which has a closed front gable framing two bay windows on the second storey. A water permit for this location was given to H. P. (Horace Pulman) Newman on August 31, 1909 and a building permit for a $2,000 abode on September 14 of the same year. The 1910 directory lists the house as being vacant.

The first occupants of this home were the Captain of No. 5 Firehall, William J. (John) Jordan and his wife Margaret. Jordan was born in Brighton, England in 1862 and Margaret Welsh was born in Ireland in 1864. The senior Jordans lived here until 1934.

The Jordans had a daughter named Gladys who married William Rennie in the house in 1914. The Rennies are listed as residents of this address from 1916 to 1944.

In April of 1911, W. Jordan got a permit to build a $125 garage for the home.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into a few homes in my city. Thanks goes to the Grandview Heritage Blog for the information.

Have a great weekend and I hope you find the beauty around you.


  1. I like the very top of the 2 1/2 house. If it were a cool area I'd make that my bed room. Then I could look out every morning at the tops of the houses around and day dream.