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.