Apparently the stylings of this idiosyncratic precursor to the postmodernist McMansions of our time goes back at least to 1940, if not to its turn-of-the-century origin. 334 Argyle Road has a fairly odd combination of Dutch Colonial gambrel, vinyl siding, what appear to be turrets on the rooftop above a three-sided corner, a gabled roof on the side, and in the rear a gable with return. Perhaps the original owner was a roof contractor who brought clients there for demonstrations.
Google Streetview indicates that until recently the standalone house in Beverly Square West was looking pretty scrubby and overgrown with brush, and the exterior could still probably use some renovation. But inside the house has notable design features like parquet floors, ornate stained glass windows, baroque and mahogany mantels, and arched doorways. The possibly 1930s or 1980s kitchen looks inspired by the Bauhaus, with an island with extensive cantilevers that equally calls to mind early postmodern architectural gestures. We don’t get a look at bathrooms or much if any of the upstairs, but the floor plan shows a rolling estate that contains a driveway to a backyard garage, a total of seven bedrooms, and a bathroom or half bathroom on each of the four floors, including the basement.
The Beverly Square West micro-neighborhood was begun in the late 1890s with houses constructed in the early 20th century by T.B Ackerson. A 1940 tax photo indicates the house had much of its current unusual style by that time, except with a balcony above the front porch and at least one more arched window.
It’s now described as priced to sell in the listing from James Cornell and Leslie Marshall of Corcoran; it’s asking $1.55 million. Will it come back around to being in fashion?
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