Frank Foss House – Circa 1921
This 1921 post-Victorian is a jewel which features extensive detailed woodwork that is unusual for this modest style home. According to a previous owner, the moldings came from the offices of the Collar Co. The story is that there had been a fire there and that the undamaged wood from that Victorian building had somehow surfaced later in new construction here just a block away.
The shingle and clapboard house is situated up off the street and has an interesting, covered double two-column stoop leading to a good-sized porch across the entire front. The front door with its two glass panels from the top to the bottom of the door caught our eye. That was just the opener! We were then so dazzled by the beautiful trim throughout the entire front area of the house that we didn’t know where to focus. There are grooved columns, crown molding, panels on the dining room wall and over its archway, molding around the lovely built-in china cabinet with its leaded glass doors. The landing and the stairway leading upstairs are further examples of the unique workmanship that this house offers.
All of this trim is painted for a reason. After the owners stripped the paint from the mantel and the brick of the fireplace they concluded that restoring the rest of the wood would be too labor intensive. No problem; it is beautiful as is.
The kitchen is a large, comfortable area that feels distinctly like the center of family life. This room reflects the most structural changes that the couple made. They enclosed the back porch to create a mud room. The original door has the same color and style stained glass as its Queen Anne neighbor, the current Lary mansion. They also eliminated the back staircase to accommodate a bathroom.