Tour Stop 2: 395 Sydney Street
Rob Abraham and John Powell
Another house with a deed of 1920, but likely dating back to the early 1900s (see 362 Augusta Avenue), this American farmhouse-style home drew the owners in with the front porch. “When we first toured the home, we sat down on the front porch and knew this might be the house for us before even walking inside,” said Rob.
The couple also loves the history of the area and the house, especially the story of Ms. Snyder, who, after a driver crashed into a neighbor’s fence driving the wrong way down the one-way street, allegedly held him hostage with a baseball bat until the police arrived.
The clawfoot tub in the downstairs bath and all three fireplaces are believed to be original to the home. Many of the windows are “wavy” glass with their original diamond-shaped mullions. The kitchen also has an original cast-iron sink, discovered in the crawlspace and restored in a previous renovation.
Rob and John completely renovated the upstairs bath and added more cabinetry in the kitchen. They sanded away several layers of paint on the living room floors to uncover the original heart pine flooring and replaced the back deck. When they replaced the front porch stairs and walkway, they did so with brick to match the sidewalks throughout the neighborhood.