271 N. Myrtle Ave.
Lot No: 1
Construction Year: 1920
Architectural Style: Craftsman
Style Detail: From the looks of the present house, it may have started out as having Craftsman details, but the house has been remuddled so badly that it's hard to tell.
Style Altered? Yes
Location Changed? No
Subdivision: The Oaks Tract
The consortium of the Building & Investment Company of Monrovia subdivided this property which had been own by William N. Monroe (who was most likely a member of the consortium) in 1907. In 1908, this property was valued at $350 and the taxes were $5.08. The consortium paid taxes on the property for eight years without being able to sell it until 1916 when the company was assessed 42 cents for delinquent taxes.
Some time in the next four years, the property was purchased by Grace Worthington who had a wood frame house valued at $1,750 built on the property as an investment. She was a school teacher in Monrovia and lived at 143 W. Greystone Avenue for many years.
It is difficult to determine exactly what style the house originally was as today it is very muddled. The windows which may or may not be original have a Craftsman style look to them. The windows on either side of the door may be original. The door is definitely not. Even in a modest frame house of the early 1920s, there would have been at least a small porch directly in front of the front door. Even more likely, the house would have had a porch that came out from the entire width of the house as Craftsman houses do and as the house directly to the south (267 N. Myrtle Avenue which was built at about the same time) has. One can see how wide the concrete slab is in front of the house, an indication that there was originally a wider porch.
The driveway on the left of the house can still be seen, but is now blocked by a fence.