2165 Oak Street

2165 Oak Street

This substantial residence was built in 1910 for C.R. Allen, the President of “Our Home Life Insurance Company.” It is a particularly fine example  of the Colonial Revival style, and features multi-light tracery windows on the first and second story. Like so many other homes of its era, the easternmost bay of the porch was enclosed some time in the 1940s or ‘50s, and the house was divided into apartments.

The home in its “Before” state, circa 2016.

Clay Zeigler and his wife Christina DiLoreto have lived in the home for little more than a year, and share the home with their two dogs, Hudson and Roxy. They undertook an extensive 10-month renovation, replacing the kitchen, powder room, roof, deck, and heating and cooling systems. They also restored the living room and main hallway to their original configurations, added a bar and laundry room, modernized the master suite, and converted the attic to living space. Early on in the process, Clay and Christina agreed to what they called Rule No. 1: “Don’t change anything about the house without a compelling reason.” (The house is their third renovation, but the first to put preservation ahead of renovation.) The couple felt “a palpable sense that we are helping preserve something worthwhile.”

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