Address: 400 Chase Avenue
Architectural Style: Vernacular
Year Built: c. 1860
Architect/Builder: Unknown
Original Owner: Unknown

The home was built in the early-1860s by William Canfield, and quickly became known as Canfield Cottage.  It was later used as a residence by William Oliver in the late-1800s, a native of England, who maintained a grocery store in Gambier during most of the 19th century.

The house is a typical frame Greek Revival building constructed during this time by the middle class.  The large wrap-around porch along the front and southern sides was added sometime in the early 20th century, likely between 1900 and 1910, and has slender spindle columns.  The asymmetrical window configuration in the front facade suggests that other alterations were made to the house, as well.  The large picture window in the northern bay is much larger and does not line up with the 2nd floor window above it.  Additionally, the position of the door with its frame forming the southwest corner of the house is not a standard practice of Greek Revival or any other architectural style.  The 2nd floor windows and the small attic window at the peak of the moderately pitched gable are typical of Greek Revival architecture.  The southern elevation as a small cross-gable projection, which is further defined by a small bay window at the first floor.



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