219 VILLA STREET
219 Villa Street was built in 1902 for Mortimer and Florence Ivy Aldridge who lived here from the time it was built until they passed away. The original cost of the home was $2,000. Mort, as he was known, worked for many years at the Elgin National Watch Company and reached the level of assistant cashier. He was also active in the Elgin Cycling Club and served as the secretary and treasurer of that organization.
219 Villa Street was built in the Shingle Style as shown by the wood shingles in the exterior siding cut into interlocking and repeated shapes as well as the decorative windows and doors. This particular house has a mansard roof on the cross gable section giving it an appearance of being a transitional design moving toward the Dutch Colonial Revival. This house has dentils on the porch roof as well as brackets on the upper level.
Sources: 2013 Heritage Plaque Application; Audio: TextAloud