57 Fourth Street East


Tall, 2½ storey, red-brick, corner house with period entrance porch (excluding railings), hood mouldings and double, peripheral stringcourses at (upper) ground and second floors, and shingled gables to south and east sides (c. 1890).

South Elevation – RH, gabled bay projects beyond hip-roofed volume to left, and has ground-floor, segmental-arch window with wooden sill and replacement, lower, fixed-pane window over bottom sliders, and with original, leaded-light transom window. Hood moulding over rubbed-brick voussoirs becomes upper band of double stringcourse at springer height, and double stringcourse extends around entire building. At second floor, two 1/1 windows, again with wooden sills, have segmental-arch heads with brick hood mouldings and stringcourses as at ground floor. Soffits of roof and gables have beaded boards and gable has 1/1 window centred within wall clad in bands of plain and wave-type painted shingles. Gable fascias are divided into surprisingly simple panels, with deep, ogee shingle moulding above. LH bay has elevated, period-type porch (assumed original, but much altered) with replacement, concrete stair and landing, and with inappropriate, tall, turned balusters between older chamfered posts. Small, replacement spindles exist above transom built off recent filigree brackets at high-level, whereas large dentils at eaves above are original. Half-glazed, panelled front door is behind traditional screen door having oval aperture and ornamented spandrels, with panels below. Leaded-light transom window remains above door. Balcony above also has replacement, tall, turned balusters and high handrail. Upper level masonry contains vertical oval window to left, with textured glass and with peripheral brick “keystones” and period, half-glazed and panelled wood door to right (behind metal storm door).

West Elevation – At ground and second floor, LH side are pair of 1/1 windows, in segmental arch openings with typical hood moudings, and with gable, and gable window and finishes, as at south elevation. To right, double stringcourse continues from front across both floor levels. At mid-height, lunette window lights stairs within. Glazing consists of two equal, lower sashes with segmental lunette above, and profiled mullion and dentilled transom remain. Original building extends further to north, but masonry is hidden by addition with aluminum cladding, having three narrow, symmetrically placed, 1/1, metal-framed windows to west at both ground and upper levels.

Roof – Hip roof and gables are clad in old, light-grey shingles made of unknown material.


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