The Stone Monument
Year Built: 1916
Sq Ft: 912
Lot size: .21
Sitting on a corner lot, this little home is busting at the seams with character. When I first pulled up, I just stood in awe of the brickwork. I haven’t seen another one of our Centennial Homes that have anything like this. Throughout the entire exterior you’ll find stones placed in dedicated groups. Even the arched steps at the back porch add to the home’s uniqueness.
As if the exterior wasn’t awesome enough, the inside of the home had even more to offer. When I stepped into the enclosed front porch, my eyes were immediately drawn to the wood floor.
Just inside the front entrance I almost fell over when I saw this beautiful nook with intricate detail. And as soon as I turned around, this amazing fireplace was shining in all its glory (and a perfect fit for the dog’s bed!). Everywhere I looked there was character, including an unpainted built-in armoire in the master bedroom and a wall of built-ins in the 2nd bedroom. And of course, what old home is complete without original doors and trim, cove ceilings, and a hunch that there are wood floors under the carpet.
On the 1915 map, A. Fisher owns 53 acres where this home currently sits. There is also a house marked on the map near this location. The current subdivision, Hitchman’s Cozy Homes Sub, was approved in February 1917. This leads me to believe this home would have been the first home in the sub since it was built 1 year prior. Check out the plat map below.
I marked the lot for this home in red. But then I saw something pretty interesting. The writing circled in yellow says: Point of beginning. Stone Monument E 1/4 Post of Sect. 7. Surveyors often use a system called Metes & Bounds where physical features of the local geography define the boundaries of land or parcels. In this particular case, a stone monument was used to define the southeastern point of the subdivision. Wait a minute…stone monument??? What stone monument??? Apparently there was some kind of stone monument that sat in the middle of Beech Ave (now Beech Daly). Interesting…