History of Eighty-Four Grove Street

84 Grove Street

Historic or Common Name: Myrick House

Construction: ca. 1860s

Description: 2 ½-story cross-wing house, additional massing, replacement siding & windows; 2-bay gable-front garage C[ontributing]

Notes: 1876 Myrick florist Grove; 1892 F.F. Myrick, Fannie Myrick; 1951 R.C. Parrott

SOURCE: Driemeyer, Laura; Laprey, Kari; Monroe, Lynn; and Hill, Teresa. New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, Area Form, Peterborough Downtown Historic District, June 2010, page 127

84 Grove Street

CROSS-WING OR BENT HOUSE

In this period, as part of the continued use of picturesque elements, including additional massing such as polygonal bay windows, builders adopted another form that consisted of gable-front and side-gable masses set at right angles to each to create a picturesque structure yet maintain some balance and symmetry. This type, known as the cross-wing or bent house typically featured an interior arrangement of the parlor in the wing rather than the main block (Upton).* This form bears a close relationship to published house types of the mid-nineteenth century and later, executed in the Gothic, Italianate, and other Picturesque styles. The entry is most commonly on the cross-wing rather than the gable-front block. The historic district includes a small number of examples of what appear to be variants of this type in both one-and-a-half-story and two-and-a-half-story versions.

Smaller two-story examples with shorter side wings include the Myrick House (84 Grove Street, Photo 224), traditionally dated to the 1860s ... 

* Dell Upton, “Pattern Books and Professionalism: Aspects of the Transformation of Domestic Architecture in America, 1800-1860.” Winterthur Portfolio 19 (Summer/Autumn 1984): 144.

SOURCE: Driemeyer, Laura; Laprey, Kari; Monroe, Lynn; and Hill, Teresa. New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, Area Form, Peterborough Downtown Historic District, June 2010, page 55.