1228 8th Street

 

Architecture:

Style: Ranch

Description: This turn of the century house is a one story wood frame structure with vinyl siding and an old foundation coated over with cement. The roof is side gabled and has a low pitch. A wing on the north is also side gabled. The wraparound porch has metal supports and railing, and is not original to the building. The home sits on a corner lot.

 

Significant Period:

Construction Date: circa 1890s

Architect/Builder: Unknown

Context: The first documented resident was G. Ernest Meisel, employed at G. C. Meisel dry goods store, in 1899. Fred C. Buzzell, Deputy Collector of Customs, was there in 1901-02. Grace M. Gain, widow of Captain James Gain, lived there with her children from 1904 to at least 1910. Originally known as 739 Union Street; by 1926 there was an additional apartment, 1228 Eighth Street. By 1938, a third apartment known as 739 Union was added. There have been numerous residents over the years. Today the house is known simply as 1228 Eighth Street. The outline of the existing building matches that found in the 1903 and 1911 Sanborn Insurance Maps, though a wraparound porch has replaced small porches facing both Union and Eighth Streets. This two story home was significantly remodeled after a fire, into a one story structure.