Yale Avenue Historic District

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Yale Avenue Historic District
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Yale Avenue Historic District is located in Massachusetts
Yale Avenue Historic District
Yale Avenue Historic District is located in the United States
Yale Avenue Historic District
Location16-25 Yale Ave., Wakefield, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°30′17.52″N 71°4′24.44″W / 42.5048667°N 71.0734556°W / 42.5048667; -71.0734556Coordinates: 42°30′17.52″N 71°4′24.44″W / 42.5048667°N 71.0734556°W / 42.5048667; -71.0734556
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Architectural styleLate Victorian
MPSWakefield MRA
NRHP reference #89000756 [1]
Added to NRHPJuly 06, 1989

The Yale Avenue Historic District is a residential historic district near the center of Wakefield, Massachusetts. It encompasses eight residential properties, all but one of which were developed in the 1860s and 1870s, after the arrival of the railroad in town. These properties were built primarily for Boston businessmen, and mark the start of Wakefield's transition to a suburb.[2]

The district, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989,[1] consists of five houses (16-24) on the south side of Yale Street, and three (21-25) directly opposite on the north side. Five are Italianate in style, one is Second Empire, one is Queen Anne, and the newest house in the district, 22 Yale Avenue, was built c. 1896 in the Colonial Revival Style. All are 2-1/2 stories in height, and of wood frame construction, with clapboards and/or shingles on their exteriors, and most have porches.[2]

Although the houses are nominally in one style, most exhibit features that are reminiscent of a different style. The house at 20 Yale Avenue, for instance, follows a somewhat typical Italianate L-shaped plan, but its porch is more elaborately decorated with what might be considered Queen Anne features. The house at 23 Yale Avenue, built c. 1863, marks a shift from the Italianate to the Second Empire with the addition of a mansard-style roof with fish scale shingles. 24 Yale Avenue is one of t Wakefield's few surviving Stick style houses, and 22 Yale Avenue is an early and modest example of the Colonial Revival.[2]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c "NRHP nomination for Yale Avenue Historic District". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-31.