212 John Street


  • Historic Name: 212 John Street
  • Address: 212 John Street
  • Tax Parcel: 1114_15.04_6
  • Historic District: Witherspoon-Jackson
  • Historic Style: Italianate
  • Historic Street: John Street
  • Classification: Contributing
  • Number of Resources: 1
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Material: Stucco
  • Historic Function: Domestic
  • Current Function: Domestic

Photos from 2015

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The property contains a 2-story house with a 2-story rear addition. The key feature of the core is its balcony on the east elevation. The core has an end-gabled roof facing east to John Street. The roof is clad with asphalt shingles and features aluminum eaves. The walls are stuccoed. Windows are a replacement unit with simulated divided lights; they are aligned vertically on the two main floor levels but are not symmetrically spaced. On the main (east) elevation, the second floor has a replacement door in the offset center bay that opens onto the balcony above the front porch; the balcony has a light iron railing. The first floor has a replacement door near the northeast corner with two windows to the south. Four banded square posts support the balcony to shade the first floor. A set of concrete steps leads down from the grade of the porch to the lawn, with a concrete walk continuing to the gate through the brick wall. 

The south end of the core features two second-floor windows, one first-floor window, and a horizontal basement window in the stucco-clad foundation. The north end features no windows on the main floors but a square basement window. 

The rear addition is a full-length section that extends the house to the west. It has a gabled roof clad with asphalt shingles and a small brick chimney at the west end of the ridge. The walls are stuccoed. Fenestration consists of replacement 1x1 double-hung sash windows, arranged in three bays on the north wall and five on the south wall. Some windows on the south wall are paired, with a segmental arch above the paired unit. A small gabled hood protects a rear entrance located atop a small brick stoop. The section has several horizontal basement windows in the concrete foundation. 

The garage is a 1-story, 1-bay building in the rear of the lot. It has a pyramidal roof and a wide bay facing east.


The house was constructed c. 1893. Historic maps as late as the map of 1890 show a vacant lot in this location. The house first appears on the map of 1895 and appears on all subsequent historic maps and aerials. (Sources: Map, Sanborn atlas)