German-born Gustave Grimm was an inventor and manufacturer of maple-sugaring equipment. He built this house in the upper Grove Street neighborhood that was favored by Rutland's professional and manufacturing community in the 1890s. The sophisticated Shingle Style house is set on a rusticated marble foundation and capped above the first-floor level with a distinctive, steeply pitched, two-story gambrel roof anchored by massive chimneys and sheathed with staggered slates intended to give the appearance of thatch. Played off against the roof are a conically capped corner tower and hipped dormers, the centermost one projecting hoodlike on voluptuous shingled brackets, its form echoing a polygonal bay window below in the porch. The porch, which is carefully coordinated with roof eaves and gambrel jetty, features Colonial Revival Doric columns and a spindled balustrade that extends as an open terrace to the base of the tower. The columns reappear in a garden gazebo, while the wood shingles, staggered roof slates, and polygonal motif recur in a matching carriage barn with a bellcast tower and cupola with a pyramidal top, tying the striking house into a picturesque ensemble.
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Grimm House, “Ivyholme”
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