The needler in the haystack.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hidden Plainfield: February 6 home ID

This Hillcrest Avenue home is one of only a handful with such exuberant brickwork.
Yesterday's Hidden Plainfield home is on Hillcrest Avenue, between George and East Third Streets, just around the corner from St. Bernard's church, as one commenter  noted spot on.

I was wrong when I said there was only one other home with similarly exuberant brickwork. I had in mind the carriage house of railroad baron Johnston's estate, which still stands on East Front Street.

Reader Bill Garrett pointed out the large brick Victorian in the 700-block of Madison Avenue (immediately behind United Family Services). This does indeed have some fancy brickwork, and is the only example I am aware of in Plainfield with the 'Turkish' touches which were all the rage in the 1880s.

The chimney makes a strong, though somewhat rustic, statement.

The fancy brickwork can be seen at 338 Hillcrest Avenue.
Where shall we go next week?

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Pat Turner Kavanaugh said...

Dan: would you or Bill please illustrate "Turkish" touches for those of us ignorant of the description, perhaps, even, with a photo of the home in question? thank you both