239 E. Lime Avenue
Block No: A
Lot No: 22
Construction Year: Unknown
Architectural Style: Craftsman
Style Altered? No
Location Changed? No
Subdivision: Town of Monrovia
This house is located on the eastern edge of property which was owned by L.C. Lowry. Mr. Lowry didn't own it for long, however, as the 1888 tax record reflects that the property was sold to someone else. This person would be J.H. Rowly who owned Lot 21 and had a house on it. HCrandall who bought Lot 21 and the Rowly House in 1889.
The Crandalls then built a small dwelling at the northeast corner of the property. This small dwelling would be directly behind the house which appears today as 239 E. Lime.
The Craftsman at 239 E. Lime first appears on a Sanborn map in 1927. There is a sewer permit for 1913, but because of the address changing caused by additional buildings on Lots 21 and 22, it is unclear if the permit address is for the small back house or the Craftsman front house. The name on this permit is Mrs. Annie Crandall, owner of Lot 21.
In 1923, a building permit was issued to W.H. Denslow, owner, to build a structure valued at $5000. Denslow was a plumbing contractor and nephew of Mrs. Crandall. Monrovia directories show him living at 235 E. Lime Avenue beginning in 1908. Since this was his aunt's house, he may have actually lived in the small unit, which had the addressof 235 1/2, in the northeast corner of her property. By 1923, he owned all of Lot 22, which included the small back house from the early Crandall days, as well as the house he was having built by contractor C. Cranlet.
The 1927 Sanborn map shows a generously sized structure with a porch running along the entire front of the house. This is a typical feature of Craftsman houses and can still be seen on the structure today. On the completion of the Craftsman, the address for Lot 22 become 239 for the front structure. The structure in the rear, which had been 237, was changed to 239 1/2.
The Monrovia Potential Historic Landmark Survey of 1996, created by the Monrovia Old House Preservation Group, notes the following observations made visually from the curb of the duplex at 239 E. Lime Avenue. Visually from the curb, it is an excellent visual example of the Craftsman style of architecture; visually, the material or method of construction seems appropriate for a Craftsman; the architectural detailing, craftsmanship, quality and uniqueness are good; there seem to be few, if any, alterations that could be viewed from the curb; and the structure could be a contributor to the continuity and character of the street.
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