STOP #03

1112 Charles Street

Standing in front of you is the northern half of a two-story, wooden, hipped-roof duplex (an attached house with a common shared wall). In 1893, when this lot was subdivided, each owner built a dwelling house on his respective parcel. In 1894, when this northern half was ready to be occupied, the family of tobacconist Henry Ulman moved in. He and his southern neighbor, Benjamin Goldsmith, a prominent businessman, selected an architectural treatment that evolved from Carpenter Gothic, known as the Stick Style, which flourished in the mid-19th century. Character-defining elements attempt to express the dwelling’s inner construction using exterior ornament. The most evident features are ornate carved brackets, turned wood posts and balustrades, and a spindle frieze. The upper gable of each side is a magnificent mash-up of multicolored painted wood shingles and delicate curved frame arches that span the uppermost reaches. Is each half a mirror image? What differences do you see?

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