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New, old harmonize in 1908 city home
Washington Avenue home is on the market.

 The living room in the Washington Avenue home reflects the classic turn-of-the-century style, with broad window trim and crown molding, a unique carved fireplace surround and the original narrow-plank hardwood floor.
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Date published: 1/25/2013

BY RICHARD AMRHINE

At first glance, the appeal of 1302 Washington Ave. is in its "free classic" trim and Victorian-styled architectural details--the front-facing gable with fan-top window, the pretty blue siding and cream-colored dentil molding, the front entry portico.

Then you might be surprised to learn that this house holds 4,150 square feet of living space, which is a part of this book you can't judge by its cover. Like many homes on relatively narrow lots along Washington Avenue, interior space is provided by building up and back.

Also like other houses along Washington Avenue, 1302 has the combination of an older-home floor plan at the front, which blends into the more modern, open floor plan that came with subsequent additions built onto the rear.

And while there have been significant changes and additions to 1302 over the years, there is the potential for further updating and modernization, such as retrofitted central air conditioning.

That will be left to the discretion of the next steward, as owners Kathy and Carl Cooper have decided to put the home on the market. They've listed it with Janel O'Malley and Robin Marine of Coldwell Banker Carriage House Realty in Fredericksburg. The asking price is $825,000.

THE TOUR

Visitors are welcomed into a large and inviting foyer with a piano and seating that make it an extension of the living room or parlor to the right. From here it's easy to take in the features that make this home typical of those built in 1908 Fredericksburg.

The main staircase rising to the second story is a graceful fixture in the foyer. The baseboards, window and door frames, and crown moldings are simple but substantial. As expected, there are bull's-eye rosettes on the door and window frame corners. The living room's wood-burning fireplace has a classically carved and detailed surround with fluted columns.

From the living room, a sight line extends to the rear of the house. Behind the living room is the dining room, which shares the original narrow-plank hardwood flooring found in the original portions of the first and second floors. Those same areas are hot-water radiator heated.

What was probably original kitchen space was enlarged and combined with a family room that was added to the back of the house at some point.


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LIKE MANY OLDER CITY HOMES, THIS ONE HAS A STORY TO TELL