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Decorative Grille

The wooden grille on this Folk Victorian house on Hosbrook Street in Fountain Square is framed with a decorative molding.  While the house is a simple style, its builder spiffed it up with this grille, which covered a vent in the attic.

The grille was installed at the time the house was built, about 1895.  The builder probably purchased it and the fish-scale siding that surrounds it from a local store or a mail order catalog.  Like the decorative elements found on and in many Victorian-era homes, these were mass-produced items available all across the U.S. thanks to the railroads.

 

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