This is an interesting house, with a rubble wall front porch support. The city’s date of 1890 is clearly wrong, as the architecture looks more like something built before the Civil War. It is even a duplex, if you look closely.
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This could have actually been a single family house at one time. It is not uncommon to see very old vernacular houses with a symmetrical four-bay window-door-door-window facade arrangement. It was a way of cutting costs by eliminating the center hall of the five-bay facade while maximizing the most living space.