House – 908 E. Third Street

 908 E. Third Street [NRJESHD(NR)], House, c. 1898. Originally one of a pair of houses built from the same plan, this unusual residence was probably built by William P. Lewis, a partner in Lewis Brothers Hardware. Used as a rental property when it was first constructed, the residence has been part of an Mrican-American neighborhood for many years. Early tenants included a waiter, a laborer, and a bartender. In 1920 John H. Pettigrew, a porter at the Metropolitan Barber Shop, purchased the house. He and his wife Effie lived here themselves until 1927, and later leased the property. The house has a complex design for such a small structure. The front of the house, behind the gallery-like porch, has two angled bays flanking a central entry. The outer faces of each of the bays form an angled corner on each side of the building. This house is potentially eligible for the National Register for its architectural qualities on an individual basis and is a contributor to the potential East Second Street National Register Historic District.

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