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Thursday, April 4, 2019

East Row Historic District highlights Victorian architecture, modern conveniences


By Jessica Eden 

The East Row District in Newport is home to many beautiful homes and two homes that are about to hit the market may have your name on them.

The homes, located at 620 Maple and 616 Linden, are managed by Clint Copenhaver with Sotheby’s International Realty and dripping in gorgeous, historical details.

“Both are amazing living spaces but they are also very different, which is very exciting because it makes the neighborhood more interesting and accessible to different consumers with different tastes and preferences.” 

Although the homes are historic, they’ve also been updated extensively. The home at 620 Maple was completed renovated all the way down to its mechanical systems. “Modern living and efficiency was at the forefront of what was accomplished here but there are still links to it being a historical home including pocket doors and a beautiful box newel that greets visitors at the entry.”

The home at 616 Linden includes an updated, luxury kitchen that nods respectfully to history and preservation. The home includes most of the original woodwork, stained glass features and historical details.

616 Linden Ave. 
Another plus; they both include two car garages — a rare find in such an urban neighborhood.

The homes themselves are also in a perfect, walkable location surrounded by many bars, coffee shops, a dog park and a neighborhood pool/social club. “This is a perfect example of a trend we see locally, regionally, and nationally where there is a renewed, strong interest in walkable, urban living.  Buyers want to live a community filled with beautiful architecture with streets lined with 100+ year old trees.”  

Aside from the selling points of updated amenities and conveniences, these homes truly showcase unique trends in architectural style...and will certainly draw the eye of history buffs.

“Four-square and Craftsman periods followed the Victorian period. Four-square homes were most popular from 1905 to 1920 and Craftsman homes were popular from 1910 to 1935. Both of these styles were somewhat offshoots of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School,” said Copenhaver.



“The Victorian era was quite long and is somewhat of a catchall name for homes of a certain style that were built between 1850 and 1910. For instance, some categorize a Queen Anne style home as a Victorian home. From my personal point of view, any home that has some architectural flourish or eclecticism falls into the Victorian category, because these homes are clearly expressing creative vision that is anti-symmetry.” 




As the realtor for these homes, Copenhaver certainly knows his Victorian architecture and has fully study the beautiful, Victorian details at both 620 Maple and 616 Linden.

“The home at 620 Maple is an example of an architect or builder who embraced the Victorian mantra by thinking through a uniquely creative vision, even re-interpreting a Queen Anne turret on the façade of the home. The bowed brick-work on the front of the home clearly conveys the curvature of a Queen Anne turret, being topped by a dormer that is visually a turrets pointed cap.  The builder added flourish with a front porch that is truly Queen Anne,” said Copenhaver.



“I consider 616 Linden to be Victorian because of the time period and for the the infusion of several eclectic elements. Most interesting to me are the distinctive roof brackets, which seem to have been inspired by Swiss Chalet. I am drawn to the medallion frieze under the front porch gable. I’m not sure if this was added later because it’s actually something you would be more likely to find in an Adam Colonial. If it is part of the original building, it falls into that category of eclecticism.”

Those who have grand dreams of owning a grand Victorian house, like one of these two beautiful homes, will appreciate the details that time has pushed ‘out of style’. “In addition, 616 Linden has some very fine examples of clear, leaded/beveled glass windows. Colored and clear leaded windows coexisted throughout the Victorian era,” said Copenhaver. “Colored stained glass windows began to fade in popularity in the mid 1920’s and disappeared completely in the 1940’s. Clear, leaded/beveled glass windows were embraced by the Arts and Crafts / Mission era and they too disappeared by the 1950’s.”

Interested in a tour? At this time, 620 Maple is currently available for tours and 616 Linden will be available for tours once the renovations are complete. You can set one up by contacting Clint Copenhaver with Sotheby’s International Realty via his profile link here.






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