Title: CANYON STREET, 1725
Location Current Site: Boulder CO UNITED STATES
Creator Assoc Person Name: Fegan,Thomas & Martha, Kyner,Lynne
Creator Assoc Person Role: Associate, Photographer
Date.Creation: ca. 1890-1910
Subject.Image Description: Entry porch w/doric column supports
Style/Period Description: VERNACULAR
This term applies to ordinary everyday buildings, frequently not architect designed, which are direct responses to the needs of users. Vernacular buildings can be distinguished from High Style buildings, which are the self-conscious products of elite clients and designers. The works of Thomas Jefferson (a gentleman amateur designer) and those of Frank Lloyd Wright (a professional architect) are High Style artifacts, because, in addition to providing shelter, they were explicitly intended to produce an esthetic response in viewers and, most important, to make a significant cultural statement about the relationships of people to history or to nature. In contrast, vernacular buildings, such as 19th century American farm houses, were not unique or pretentious. The term vernacular originated with reference to language, to designate local, everyday speech from Latin which was spoken in church by the clergy.
The term refers to many types of buildings. Vernacular includes pre-industrial structures, folk architecture, or traditional buildings, such as the houses and barns of non-mechanized farmers in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Examples include the earliest structures erected by the first Europeans in the New World and cabins of early settlers in Colorado. Some vernacular buildings were built by the users, and others by specialist craftsmen, who followed time-honored patterns, placing little if any value on innovation or self-expression.
Industrial vernacular structures include pre-fabricated buildings, and those produced by builders on site for sail or rent using industrial materials such a steel, or industrially produced subassemblies such as windows. Like traditional or folk buildings, these are the "tools" of everyday life. Diners, storage sheds, and mobile homes do not embody complex philosophical or esthetic principles, and consequently can be changed or replaced as needed, without much concern for interfering with the designer's unique expression, as in the case of High Style buildings. Industrial buildings are frequently also Vernacular buildings, although architects have designed factories. Neither category is actually a style term in the strictest sense, although certain visual or formal qualities, such as simplicity of detail, are often common to both.
Subject Image View Type: Exterior, general view
Description.Subject Report: The house at 1725 Canyon Avenue is an example of vernacular architecture. It is a brick and wood building that is estimated to have been built around the turn of the century. Its designer is unknown. It has a symmetrical facade featuring a center door and double hung sash style windows on either side. It has a small entry porch with a hipped roof, segmented arch over the door way, balustrades, and doric column supports. The second floor has wood shingle siding. The house has a steep gabled roof. It is one and a half stories and 1,173 square feet.
In 1900 it was home to Thomas and Martha Fegan, the original owners. Fegan worked as an expressman in Boulder. He was originally from Canada. It was located in the working class neighborhood of central Boulder on what was once called Water Street. The area was not the fashionable district of town, because it is located directly in the Boulder Creek flood zone with railroad tracks nearby. This little house has been landmarked by the City of Boulder.
Colorado Historical Society, Historic Building Inventory Record;
Jane Barker, 76 Homes of Boulder County.
(Lynne Kyner 1998)
ID Number.Former Image Accession VISC: 62941
Rights Description: Copyright owned by The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate, and the photographer. All rights reserved.
Source.Requestor Full Name: Draper, Joan
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