History of Eighty-Seven Grove Street

87 Grove Street

Historic or Common Name: [None]

Construction: ca. 1890

Description: 2 ½-story, side gable, 2-bay main block, gable end to street, gabled polygonal bays on street gable, offset 2-story rear ell, replacement siding & windows

Notes: 1886 no; 1892 Mrs. A.B. Emery, Charles L. Richardson (1850-195), blacksmith with Farrar, later Page. 1951 Boutwell

C[ontributing]/N[on] C[ontributing]: C[ontributing]

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 128

87 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.

87 Grove Street (Photo 226), possibly built ca. 1890, is a rare example in town of a two-story, two-bay, side-gable main block, set with the gable end to the street. The main block is augmented with an offset two-story rear ell and a pair of polygonal bays on the street gable end. The entry, in the reentrant angle between the main block and ell is screened by a porch. The only period detail is a scroll-sawn verge board on the street gable.

* 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 56.