The National Register of Historic Places – On the List!

The National Park Service, part of the United States Department of Interior, is the keeper of The National Register of Historic Places which is the official list, since National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. In 1997 the Napa Abajo/Fuller Park Historic District became part of The National Register of Historic Places where my house is located. This area represents a residential area of Napa consisting of buildings constructed during the past 140 years in two adjacent neighborhoods. Most of the dwellings are single-family residences that vary substantially. At one extreme are mansions with twenty or more rooms; at the other are “shotgun” and “hall-and-parlor” houses that originally contained only two rooms. The vast majority of houses fall in the middle. Most have one story, but over a third have one and a half or two stories. With a few notable exceptions, each building within the district is different from any other. Of the nineteenth-century architectural styles, the Stick/Eastlake, Italianate, and Queen Anne are the most frequent. The most popular styles from the twentieth century are the Colonial Revival and the Craftsman. Also in the district are clear examples of other styles popular at times during the period of significance: Shingle Style, Dutch Colonial Revival, Prairie School and Gothic Revival which is the style of my house even though it doesn’t mention the style in the description. Here is the description of the main house and the cottage as it is listed:

554 Randolph Street (L. T. Hayman House) Contributing House (1889) – No Style Contributing Garage This two-story house has a side-facing gable roof, horizontal board siding, and double-sashed six-over-six windows with shallow pedimented hoods. Centered on the front elevation is an auxiliary gable beneath which is a French door topped by a pedimented hood. The portico onto which the door once opened was replaced about 1905 by the current hipped-roof porch that extends across the elevation. On the south side elevation is an exterior chimney. The architect was Luther M. Turton. In the rear is a garage with a gable roof and horizontal board siding.

558 Randolph Street Contributing House (ca. 1905) – No Style This small single-story house has a hipped roof with a hipped dormer and notched purlins, shingle siding, and both fixed and one-over-one windows. A canopy, probably a replacement for an original portico, tops the front door, which is centered on the elevation. No other alterations are apparent.


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