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July 31st, 2015
Joseph C. Schaf, Jr. House

4101 Pennsylvania

Georgian Revival, 1924

Architect Wilson Parker worked for the firm of McKim, Mead and White prior to coming to the city. The influence of the firm’s elegant residential designs can be seen in Parker’s design for the Schaf house. The contract entry in the Indiana Construction Recorder valued the home at $28,000. The symmetrical, five- bay brick home has decorative quoins at the corners of the main façade. Flanking the first floor center entry are pairs of French doors, with round arched transoms, and arched, brick surrounds with limestone keystones and imposts. Each set of doors has a stone sill that supports decorative iron grille covering the lower quarter of the doors. The paneled front door is surrounded by leaded glass sidelights and fanlight. Engaged pilasters separate the sidelights from the doorway. The projecting flat roof portico is topped with a balustrade. The roof is supported by Scamozzi Ionic columns. On the second story, six-over-six sash windows with shutters fill the five bays. Each window has a stone sill as well as a stone keystone in the flat arch. At the roofline there is an entablature with decorative fretwork and cornice with block modillions. The house has a gambrel roof with an unusually shallow upper slope making it look like a gable roof to the casual observer. Three gable dormers with pediments are evenly spaced in the roof and paired chimneys are at each end. The original balustrade at the curb of the roof has been removed. The south façade has a shed roof porch supported across the front with four evenly spaced Tuscan columns. Joseph Schaf, Jr. was the son of Joseph Sr., owner of the American Brewing Company and of extensive downtown real estate. The family lived in both France and Switzerland prior to World War I. The younger Schaf was the owner and president of the Electric Machine Company in the city.

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