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Property Name Patten, Jacob H., House
Reference Number 15000954
State New York
County Rensselaer
Town Troy
Street Address 254 4th Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/5/2016
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE
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Constructed in 1881-1882, the Jacob H. Patten house is significant under Criterion C as a distinctive local example of an Italianate-style townhouse of brick construction in Lansingburgh, Rensselaer County, New York. Built for Jacob H. Patten, a Troy blacksmith, the house reflects this tradesman's ambition and early economic success. Its brick construction and double lot, both of which served both practical and aesthetic purposes, are uncommon in south Lansingburgh, which was largely developed during the last quarter of the 19th century. The nominated house bears many distinctive hallmarks of the Italianate style, among them double-leaf entrance doors; tall, narrow windows; a bracketed cornice with geometric frieze; a second-floor oriel window; and side porch with chamfered posts and sawn ornament. Lintels on the facade bear incised floral motifs of Eastlake inspiration characteristic of this era. Original interior finish work, including the principal staircase and other woodwork, is also typical of the style. In addition, the house received one notable historic-era retrofit, a bay window at first-story level on the facade, which was skillfully incorporated into that elevation beneath the original second-story oriel window. The property is additionally architecturally notable for its large, brick carriage house which housed Patten's blacksmith shop during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The nominated house remains conspicuous in this part of Lansingburgh as one of a small number of dwellings that retains a fairly high level of physical integrity, inclusive of its associated land and secondary features.

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