West End Walks. 53 Chadwick Street. A visitor from jolly old England

After the turn of the century, the West End became increasingly popular and increasingly filled with an eclectic mix of styles. Our subject is a rare example of the Tudor Revival style.

image

image

53 Chadwick was built in 1930 for Thomas & Harriet Burrage. Thomas was a physician. He graduated from Harvard and published several papers on subjects as diverse as treating tuberculosis and the physiology of the American Flounder.

image

Showing details such as paired chimneys, multiple roof lines and gables, stone first floors and half timbering above, this is a true Tudor Revival. The half timbering is applied on a stucco surface and is not structural. The asphalt shingles, although trying to imitate terra cotta tile, are a regrettable choice that does no justice to the design by presenting too many horizontal lines. The texture created by the use of architectural shingles just makes a visual mashup worse.

20160319_165546.jpg

The house is tightly massed and somewhat tall for it’s size. This is in keeping with the style. Overall, the exterior is not well thought out. There are too many forms mashed together in a confined space.
Rather than acting as balancing elements, the strongly expressed gable and oversized chimney seem to be in conflict. The chimney is a victim of location. Brought well forward of the ridge, it has to be very tall to terminate above said ridge to function properly. The central gable could act as a balance for the gable/chimney conflict but it’s been cut off and is not in scale.
I personally think the rear facade, accessed from one of the West End’s fabulous service ways, may be the best resolved side.

20160319_165707.jpg

 

 

The home remained in the Burrage family until the death of William, Thomas & Harriet’s son, in 1968.

Gallery for 53 Chadwick Street

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s