527 VILLA STREET
527 Villa Street was built for and by James and Jessie Lund in 1919. James was a carpenter/builder by trade, though he was more known for his magnificent garden in their backyard that he spent almost 50 years perfecting. James was a naturalist who spent many of his free-time outdoors creating unique garden features such as intricate stone tables and benches, a 30'-0" stone tower topped with a concrete birdhouse and a winter fish pond, to name a few, to compliment his one acre urban oasis.
After almost 50 years in his home, James Lund sold it to James and Ella Farmer who resided on the property for 25 years.
527 Villa Street is a simple, brick American Foursquare that expresses little to no embellishment. It is a symmetrical, simple box shape standing at two and a half stories tall. The low hipped roof and overhanging eaves are also indicative of the American Foursquare along with the off-center front entryway, full front porch with brick corbelling at the columns that can be found as a repeated motif in the woodwork throughout the interior of the home.
Sources: 1996 Heritage Plaque Application; Gifford Park Association, Audio: TextAloud