ANTHONY & LUCILLE SCHAUB HOUSE

The Schaub House is one of the earliest of the several fine masonry construction late Colonial Revival style houses in Nakoma that exhibit signs of more modern design trends. Chief among these trends is a tendency towards the elongation and lowering of the principle portions of the building, which is also typically accompanied by a simplification, and in some cases, an exaggeration of other elements.

A comparison of the Schaub house with the larger but in many ways comparable Paul E. Stark house located at 734 Huron Hill is instructive. Both houses have symmetrical, two-story main blocks that are sheltered by simple side gable roofs, but Henry Dysland, the architect of the Schaub house, has simplified and widened the classical elements of his main entrance and reduced the height of his second story windows. Dysland also butted the heads of these windows directly against the eaves of the roof and placed a narrow stringcourse of stone directly below them. All of these devices serve to lower the visual center of gravity of the facade and accentuate its horizontal elements. These elements are further accentuated by the attached, slightly lower two-story garage wing, whose single centrally positioned second story window also serves to accentuate the length of the wing. Note too, the elegant oblong garage door windows, whose shape is one more subtly elongated element in the overall design.

 

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