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Historic Staunton Foundation
Preservation Brown Bag
“The Process of Imagining, Designing, and Building
a Residential Rehab...
Katherine Brown, in her book “Staunton’s Newtown” (pages 258-261) describes how the
Madison Square subdivision came about....
Property location and ownership, before Madison Square was Created
Gray’s 1877
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view of Stuart Hall from the future loc...
217
North Madison Street, post subdivision, 1929 Sanborn Maps
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217 North Madison Street Neighborhood Context

217 North Madison Street Neighborhood Context

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217 North Madison Street Neighborhood Context

  1. 1. Historic Staunton Foundation Preservation Brown Bag “The Process of Imagining, Designing, and Building a Residential Rehabilitation Project, 217 North Madison Street” January 6, 2017 Constructed between 1904 and 1909, 217 North Madison Street is a two story, wood frame house with a simple hip, standing seam metal roof and full width front porch, typical of many similar vernacular frame houses scattered throughout the Madison Square subdivision of the Newtown Historic Preservation District. Fenestration on the front elevation is placed asymmetrically with 2 over 2 windows on the first and second floors, the front door includes a transom. A single chimney extends above the roof line. 217 North Madison Street is located on the east side of the street, facing west. In the overall cross section of the street, the first floor of the house is raised several steps above the sidewalk with the elevational changes distributed using a retaining wall and a raised front porch. As the elevation of the site lowers to the east, the first floor of the house, on the back side, is several additional feet above the existing grade. The maximum total change in elevation across the site is approximately fifteen feet. A common retaining wall supports the front gardens and building foundations of the three houses to the south, between Osage Place and Baldwin Street, allowing their construction on sites that vary as much as twenty feet from west to east.
  2. 2. Katherine Brown, in her book “Staunton’s Newtown” (pages 258-261) describes how the Madison Square subdivision came about. The subdivision was created in 1891, recorded in 1895, changing ownership a few times. Clara Hamrick, after the death of her husband, Minor B. Hamrick, was given the right to sell the 24 lots in June of 1902. 217 North Madison was one of a group of the first houses constructed in the subdivision. In addition, the process of configuring the subdivision lots resulted in the creation and reconfiguration of local streets, including extending Madison Street north and creating Osage Place, which bound the western and southern edge of 217 North Madison. 217 200 block, North Madison Street City of Staunton 2015 aerial nts view of Stuart Hall from the future location of Madison Square
  3. 3. Property location and ownership, before Madison Square was Created Gray’s 1877 nts view of Stuart Hall from the future location of the Madison Square subdivision Future location of Madison Square subdivision
  4. 4. 217 North Madison Street, post subdivision, 1929 Sanborn Maps nts

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