I. P. Lord Home
The I.P. Lord home was built in 1890 in predominately the Queen Anne Style. The front (west) of the home has a prominent three-side central tower rising three stories. The main front entry is located at its base and flanked by original side lights of stained light green and wine colored beveled glass. The central towers first story portion is of clapboard siding. The second and third story is clad in wooden polygonal shingles. The second story tower has a large central window flanked by a smaller full vertical double hung sash. The third story has four quaint twelve pain windows; two centrally and one at each side of the tower, which actually gains some depth becoming a polygonal five sided tower. The tower terminates into a dormered polygonal roof. The tower is flanked on the first and second floor by double hung windows, the front main entry has a porch that runs the full length of the façade and supported by four squared posts. The floor of the porch is poured cement and most likely not original. It is more likely that it had a wooden floor originally but could have been built of masonry also. The porch roofline is a shed roof style. The north side of the home has a small side entry porch with a shed room. The north elevation spans three stories. The first and second are clad in clapboard and the third story is finished once again in polygonal shingles, with three small side by side twelve pane windows. The second and first floor have two double hung windows. The south elevation is also three stories. The first two are clad again in clapboard, with the third story again in polygonal shingle. The first floor has a polygonal bay window flanked to the right (east) with twin double sash windows. The second floor has a single double hung window above the bay window roofline and is flanked to the right again with a twin double hung arrangement. The third story one again has three small side by side twelve pane windows centrally located. The rear (east) elevation has a two story gable projecting off of the rear of the home. There is an outside cellar entry as well as an enclosed porch on the south side of this projection. The porch was originally an open design. This portion of the home is all clapboard. There is a single double hung window facing north and a single double hung window facing east, one on the first and second story. There is access to the enclosed back porch on the east side as well. Attached to the back porch is an unoriginal deck. The home has a full stone and mortar foundation. The roof line of the home facing north/south at each end is known as a Jerkinhead Roof. The under eave/soffit is bracketed around the perimeter. The recent owners have had the home painted in an historic four color paint scheme.
The front main (west) entrance has an original electric button style door bell. The large original “7 panel” front door enters into the vestibule, flanked by the original wine and light green stained/beveled glass windows. The trim and base board is all original, but painted. The floor is oak parquet in a checker board pattern. Entry into the parlor from the vestibule is through two five glass pain French doors. The parlor is one large room but the feeling of separate rooms is given by the oak parquet floor delineating two spaces in a Greco/Roman ribbon key pattern around the perimeter melting centrally in the living space. Ceiling height is 9 ft. The baseboard is 10 inches in height meeting at a pointed corner block. All of the window/door trim is original. Grooved trim board is used for the vertical and horizontals meeting at a corner block bulls eyed in an eight petal floral pattern. Interestingly, the tops were cut from the corner blocks in this room, raising the possibility that the ceiling was possibly lowered to this level at one time. The ceiling is delineated with a moderate sized crown molding. To the north of the room is a modest sized double hung window. To the south is a bay window comprised of three separate double hung windows. This room is lit with six matching original sconces. From this parlor access to the stairwell through a large “doorway” at the north/east corner of the room. The dining room is accessed through a large doorway that originally had French doors (now missing). Presumably similar to the French doors to the vestibule. Upon entering the dining room there is a ceiling light fixture which may be original to the home, but has more of an early 1900’s appearance. The floor is new oak, but has an historic scale in size. Originally on the (north) wall was a fireplace mantle, but was removed by a prior owner. Room door/window trim and baseboard is the same as the parlor and original. The south wall has twin double hung original windows. The (east) wall has access to the enclosed porch, which was I believe “open” originally. This porch now also has an attached exterior wooden patio. The (north/east) doorway takes you into what is now a large kitchen. Originally this space was a library or office. The doorway on the north/west wall (corner) gains entrance to what were the original kitchen and also the basement stairwell. The original kitchen space has been converted to a first floor bathroom and a mud room which is also accessed by the north or side door. The new kitchen in the back (east end) of the house uses the original office/library space, but also was enlarged by removing the north wall which partitioned this room from an original pantry. The southern and eastern double hung windows and trim are original, whereas the north window is not original. Flooring is maple and original. The main stairway is once again accessed off of the front room (parlor) but also the side or north entrance. The stairway was resurfaced with oak treads and risers. The enclosed stair maintains its original banister. At the top of the stair on the right is the original enclosure of the electrical service. At the top of the stairway is an east/west running hallway which takes you to the Southeast and northeast bedrooms and the bathroom, which has been reconfigured but is in its original house location (east end of the hall.) The west end of the hall takes you to the southwest bedroom and the master (northwest) bedroom. All of the bedrooms have their original trim, baseboard and doors. The doors are 4 panel two over two design Each bedroom has its original closet and door. Door knobs are white enameled or porcelain. The heat vents (forced air) are cast iron and original throughout the home. Ceilings on the second floor are 8 feet. The floors are maple and original. The second floor trim/baseboards are the same profile as the first floor. All of the bedrooms maintain their original double hung windows. The master bedroom incorporates the front tower (west) and its bay window configuration. The third floor has always been unfinished until the last residents finished it as a full open space maintaining all of the original 12 pane windows. Access to the third story is at the top of the second story stairs/hallway junction. Though the I.P. Lord home has had its changes in the placement of the kitchen and pantry configuration, the rest of the home is quite original in its floor plan.