Tour Stop 9: 356 Augusta Avenue

Mallory and Jesse Holt

With tax records that say 1920, like so many homes in the neighborhood (see 362 Augusta Avenue), the owners estimate this home to date back to the late 1890s. The residents back then would have been awed by the backyard the current owners created here. Jesse, having a background in landscape architecture, designed and built the patio, fireplace, walls, and landscaping. Much of the masonry work was built with old, buried bricks found in the yard. Additional bricks were brought in, but they were still old; they were extracted from a former Coca-Cola factory.

The owners’ favorite elements of the house are the original hardwood floors, the porch, and the original windows throughout. The showstopper find is the original pocket doors which were hidden in the drywall. The track hardware is still intact, dating from the late 1800s. Other original details include the kitchen fan above the range, a fireplace in the primary bedroom, a built-in cabinet, and most of the doors, doorknobs, and trim in the dining room. When they remodeled the kitchen, the couple saved the original molding and used it to build the mantle above the fireplace in the dining room (after they uncovered it). And don’t miss the laundry room, which used to be a back porch and still has old windows and exposed original wood siding. 

Now a treasure trove, Mallory and Jesse say it started off as a treasure hunt. When they bought the house, almost all of the historical elements were covered. They’ve enjoyed peeling back layers and bringing new life to the original details and features. 

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