This is a place for discussions of historic preservation in Armory Park, and what benefits and challenges it presents. Local history is another subject addressed here and in web pages. I will publish articles here when it seems helpful; readers are invited to comment. To support the mission of this site, acceptable comments are those that contribute to reasonable historic preservation, better understanding of our history and serve the interests of Armory Park residents. Others may be invited to post here also. Please let me know if you want to do so.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Historic Gem For Sale


One of Armory Park's historic gems has been on the market for a while now. The McGinty-Laos house at the corner of 4th Avenue and 17th Street was featured in the Armory Park 74ff study which led to creation of our Historic Preservation Zone. It is a late 1800s bungalow with a large family room addition at the rear. It is set on one of the few full-depth lots spanning from 4th Avenue to Railroad Avenue. The main house has two bedrooms and there is another in a structure at the rear of the lot. You can see marketing details on Zillow at

Annie Laos and her family did a major renovation of the house from the early 60s but it is ready to be refreshed. Both bathrooms and the kitchen need to be redone. Some new interior finishes would brighten the classic parlor and dining room. The roof of durable metal shingles is relatively new but the chimneys are in need of repair. The attractive front porch has decking in need of attention and the structure should be inspected. Access under the house is better than most houses of the period and includes a rare partial basement. Any needed plumbing or electrical work will be easier to do. 

The huge family room with fireplace and built in shelving is a major plus. One of the two bathrooms is at one end. 

The lot has many mature plants but the landscape needs attention. 

The property has been on the market for some time and has had two price reductions. The work required has probably discourage some potential buyers, but at the right price, this property would be a great home for someone who appreciates its historic credentials. 

I'm posting this in hope that someone in the neighborhood would like to take on this beauty or will know somebody else to buy it. Historic preservation requires houses to be used and maintained. Somebody will be the right fit for this property. 

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