Oct. 14 2009 12:00 AM

Property: 1704 Jerome St., Lansing
Owner: James and Judith Herbert
Taxpayer: James Herbert
Assessed: $188,200

Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: This house is an excellent example of Tudor Revival architecture popularized in the U.S. between 1910 and 1940. The structure features impressive aspects of Tudor Revival including meticulously maintained mullioned windows, a repetition of downspouts with decorative scuppers, a steeply pitched slate roof, and beautiful half-timbering infill with decorative brickwork.

This property reminds you more of an Ivy League academic hall than of the typical Lansing residence. The exterior is made up of ivy-covered brick walls, a stone foundation and slate tile roofing. Neatly pruned hedges line the front yard and a stone path leads from the sidewalk to an enormous wooden front door. But the most impressive feature is the sunken garden in the backyard, complete with two fountains and a sculpture.

“We’ve kept nearly everything in its original condition," Owner Judi Herbert said of the house, which is almost 80 years old.

It is obvious this is the type of house that gets better with age.

More from Harrell-Seyburn: Although Tudor Revival
architecture is often associated with wealth, it is an architecture
that works on a variety of scales. Lansing is fortunate to have an
of Tudor
Revival architecture ranging from quaint cottages to large estates
allowing a variety of income levels to experience the joy of owning a
Tudor home.

DO: Maintain the character of the Tudor Revival
with mullioned windows, appropriate landscaping, decorative features
including scuppers and exquisite brickwork and slate roofs. Slate roofs
are an invaluable feature of a Tudor Revival. However, the cost often
prohibits replacement resulting in a typical asphalt roof that doesn't
quite fit the style of the house. One solution is rubber slate-style
tiles made of recycled rubber. These rubber slate tiles resemble slate,
are less costly, and are a superior choice to the environmentally
hazardous asphalt roof.

Paint the half-timber in colors that are not typical of the Tudor
Style. Half-timber should be boards of a dark brown or black with light
colored (white, cream, or yellow) infill if the half-timber extends
across the majority of the facade. Light colors such as  beige, green,
and yellow are acceptable to small areas of decorative half-timber
located in the gable.  Brick infill is an exception to the rule as many
homes feature yellow or red-brick infill, which should never be
painted. Variations upon these guidelines are possible, however
diversion too far can cause the structure to appear cartoonish.


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