39 South Fifth Street


39 South Fifth Street in 1870s

This house, which was built sometime between 1845 and 1850, is a perfect example of the Italian villa. It is symmetrical in form, with a tower centered on the front façade. The paired windows on the façade and triple windows in the tower all have curved or arched tops and are framed with decorative surrounds. There is an entry porch, with a balustraded balcony above, and single-story porches on either side. When the house was built, the tower windows would have offered a view of South Bay.


39 South Fifth Street today

It is not known who designed or built the house, but the fact that many exterior and interior details of this house are paralleled in 601 Union Street suggests that the two houses may be the work of the same master builder.

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