The House at 690 South Boulevard was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 2018. The property is located two blocks south of Grant Park at 962 Boulevard SE in Atlanta (Fulton County). The property owner sponsored the nomination and prepared the nomination materials.
Constructed in 1912, the House at 690 South Boulevard is identified in the National Register by its historic address, which was altered in 1926 when the city of Atlanta updated street numbers. The house is a 1.5-story, wood frame with clapboard siding, cross-gable bungalow that exhibits elements of the Craftsman style. Features of the house include an unusual integral porch that runs the length of the front (west) façade and wraps around portions of the side (north and south) façades, a cross-gable roof form with wide overhangs, a variety of exterior materials, decorative gable brackets, full-height porch columns, windows composed of a multi-light sash above a single-light sash, fireplaces with original tile surrounds, and historic interior trim.
The House at 690 South Boulevard is significant in the area of architecture as a good, representative example of a cross-gable bungalow in Atlanta. As defined in Georgia’s Living Places: Historic Houses in their Landscaped Settings, a statewide context, the bungalow type was very popular in Georgia between 1900 and 1930. The type can be divided into four subtypes based on roof forms and orientation- of these, the cross-gable is considered rare in the state. 690 South Boulevard exhibits character-defining features of the type including a low, horizontally-oriented form; overall rectangular massing; an integral front porch; and the namesake cross-gable roof with wide overhangs. The house retains substantial integrity. A recent rehabilitation has removed non-historic additions and materials to reveal and restore much of the house’s original form, as well as original materials and workmanship.
The National Register of Historic Places is our country's official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation. The National Register provides formal recognition of a property's architectural, historical, or archaeological significance. It also identifies historic properties for planning purposes, and insures that these properties will be considered in the planning of state or federally assisted projects. National Register listing encourages preservation of historic properties through public awareness, federal and state tax incentives, and grants. Listing in the National Register does not place obligations or restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property.
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