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Washington Avenue Neighborhood

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Washington Avenue, centerpiece of a fine residential neighborhood, is actually a grander name for 21st Street. It extends eight blocks from Parkersburg High School at its northwestern end to Park Avenue and City Park at its southeastern terminus. The avenue is solidly lined with houses, including an occasional Queen Anne mansion seemingly left over from an earlier period, a plethora of American Foursquares, and a few low-lying bungalows. Several imposing Tudor Revival houses designed by architect T. B. Carman stand out from the rest. Many of the houses were equipped from the beginning with free-standing carriage houses or garages, entered from alleys that parallel the avenue on each side. In design and materials, many of these smaller buildings mimic the houses to which they are subservient. Also on Washington Avenue and nearby streets, several architecturally distinguished churches stand as ecclesiastical equivalents to the period revival houses.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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