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Monday, July 30, 2012

Hidden Plainfield: Gambrel house ID'ed

The home sits on an uncharacteristically narrow lot.

Yesterday's Hidden Plainfield's gambrel-roofed home is at 1025 West Front Street.

This style, which was offered by most mail-order catalogs, was ideal for small plots and tight budgets. Basically the gambrel roof was mounted on a standard bungalow layout, but with the gambrel giving extra height to the second floor over the sloping roofline of the typical bungalow.

There is another, similar example on Plainfield Avenue, across from the Koinonia Academy (formerly Wardlaw-Hartridge). I have noticed it is more common in Roselle Park, where the lots are narrower and smaller and this was a developer's choice that allowed maximizing profits on a series of small lots.

Where shall we go next week?

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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