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Survey Results  2003 2003         
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Survey Description
The Kruse Tract consists of 25 residential lots on either side of the westerly portion of Lafayette Street, which is an L-shaped street that connects to Garfield Street on the northwest and Jackson Street on the northeast. The 12 lots on the northeast side of the street are generally about 10,430 square-feet in area (70'x149'), while the 13 lots on the southwest side of the street are a little smaller at about 9,240 square-feet (70'x132'). The Kruse Tract is located near the northeastern boundary of the original Village of Arlington subdivision, which was established in 1881. Other residential tracts in the immediate vicinity range in vintage from 1905 to 1962. All 25 of the lots within the Kruse Tract are occupied by Ranch-style single-family residences. Of these, 22 are constructed between 1955 and 1957 during the main period of the district's historic significance. Three other residences were constructed in 1959 by the same builders in the same basic style. All are considered district contributors. Because all of the contributing elements of the district are one-story, Ranch-style residences constructed in a relative short span of years as parts of a residential tract development, they share many common characteristics. Most are surmounted with medium-pitched gable-on-hip roofs sheathed primarily with composition shingles. In most cases, the exterior wall cladding features brick, often in combination with stucco, and/or board-and-batten siding. The windows are typically wood-framed double-hungs, frequently arranged in pairs or ribbons. About a third of the houses feature windows with diamond-patterned panes. The area itself is characterized by common setbacks, well manicured front lawns, mature landscaping. Common to the 1950s, the street is developed with sidewalks and curb, but no parkways strips. A few of the residences have new windows, doors, or exterior wall cladding, however, the majority of the alterations in the neighborhood appear to be additions that are not particularly visible from the public right-of-way. Because most of the facades have not been significantly altered, the historic character and integrity of the neighborhood remains largely intact.

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