Due to the giant no trespassing signs written in gold lettering, I had to look at Shaw Place, laid out by Henry Shaw himself, from the public right-of-way.
The eight houses, designed by George I. Barnett, were originally intended as rental properties to generate income for Shaw in his Lafayette Addition.
Their style was meant to evoke houses that the Englishman remembered back at home.
It’s interesting that while each house is different, they are all architecturally unified, which was surely the intention of Barnett when he designed them originally.
They function individually but also as part of a greater whole.
They peek over the top of tall fences down onto Shaw Avenue on the south side.
Back in 1875, the area was still largely undeveloped, though the groundwork for the private place seems to have begun to be fleshed out already. One house was already on the property, but it probably was not one of Shaw’s buildings. It was owned by a Fred Holmes, labeled as No. 2.