This little gem is located *correction* WITHIN the boundaries of the Chatham Arch Historic District. Pretty much all of the architectural details are hidden by the aluminum(?) siding, but you can still (somewhat) imagine what it may have looked like in its heyday. The corner tower is swathed in that siding, but there is an encouraging hint of some former ornamentation and at the top of the tower—looks like some dentils remain. (Dentils are discussed more in detail here.) A couple of the cornice returns are visible at the roofline at the front of the building, but it is difficult initially to notice them with all of the bright white or dull gray siding overwhelming the rest of the view.
Next: look closely at the windows. Even the untrained eye can gather that these aren’t the originals. Covered up, shortened, modified—and slatted. The three small arched ones in the dormer may be the original shape, but I’m doubtful they were originally filled in with black. No one even bothered with the paint on that arched window on the north side— just naked knotty boards that you might find on an old barn. It’s clear that all of the windows on the building have been altered and/or replaced. Most unfortunately, the ones they installed don’t really fit the space. Instead of using windows that fit the openings, random pieces of wood were used to fill in spaces around the edges, framing up slatted windows. Oh my.
Remedies: 1. Remove all siding. Who knows what is hiding behind there? Restore the appropriate exterior materials.
2. New windows that fit the openings—we may presume that stained glass once graced at least some of the window openings. In an ideal world, stained glass would again fill those windows.
3. Identify the other missing pieces and figure out how to restore them. It’s so remuddled, it’s hard to know what else would need to be done until ‘peeling the onion’ starts…