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Located on the east side of Maple Avenue and shaded by large Maple trees, the Elijah J. Crawford House is surrounded by nineteenth and twentieth century domestic architecture.
A 1 story addition capped with a shed roof has been added to the rear. A three-sided, hip-roofed bay enhances the rear portion of the south elevation. Windows
vary in size: one-over-one sash are featured on the sunporch and six-over-one sash throughout the rest of the house. The center chimney is constructed of brick.
Outbuildings include a one-car wooden garage and a concrete block garage.
The Elijah Crawford House is a 1 1/2 story, Colonial Revival style structure built in 1926. Its ridge-to-street asphalt-shingled , gambrel roof features a full facade shed
dormer with two sets of six-over-one paired windows. The facade exhibits a full frontal, shed-roofed sunporch with central entrance door. Resting on cut stone foundation, the balloon frame is covered in alumimnn siding.
Elijah J. Crawford (1879-1934), a native of Hudson Falls, New York, and a contractor by trade, erected this building in 1926. He purchased this lot from the First Ecclesiastical Society with the understanding “the grantee will use this lot to erect a house, garage, woodhouse and if desired, a hennery” (DLR 36: 190) . In 1932 the property was sold to the Mielke family, who still retain ownership today.
The Elijah J. Crawford House is a fine example of early-twentieth-century domestic architecture erected after WWI when Durham and the rest of the United States were
experiencing a period of prosperity, resulting in a building boom. The availability of the automobile allowed many Americans to migrate to the country, suburbia, and
small towns like Durham where they built new homes using traditional colonial styles.