The Moustache House

"Eyebrow-raising design choices!" –Linda Clark
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remuddling, moustache house

Do you see the moustache?

cross-gabled house

Just a bit down Route 20, another cross-gabled house of similar vintage is intact.

This eye-catcher (above) is near the old Chenango Canal in Upstate New York. Built in 1886, the house started out as a cross-gabled Folk Victorian with hooded, round- top windows and some delicate sawtooth trim. We conjecture that a side-entry porch was removed, an addition with a shallower roof slope went up, and a two-car garage was added at the front. Original windows and doors were replaced. What was probably a window bay was enclosed with tongue-and-groove boards and glass block. As so many Facebook friends commented, we “moustache” what they were thinking! Someone attempted to reintroduce a Victorian look with over-scaled sawtooth boards and trim to follow the double hood mould (now floating over oval windows). In brown paint, it looks like a handlebar moustache, or a unibrow, not sure what was the intention!

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