The two photos above show the original house built at 43 Osborne Avenue, and the new house currently being built in its place designed by Lisa Zaloga for Robert & Christine Henry. There is one neighborhood resident that absolutely loves this new house, but many others who don’t. Not because they think the house isn’t nice looking, but rather out of scale with the rest of the street. This house is easily twice the size of the rest of the houses on Osborne Avenue. Not exactly appropriate or harmonious within its context. Oh how I wish they would have renovated and added onto the previous house. There are even some nearby residents who remember the owner of the house, that he built it himself, and that he was a talented woodcarver. Apparently he had designed and built many of the cabinets, bookshelves, and mantels in the house also.
Below are a few other houses on Osborne Avenue, just to show you the general character of the street. It’s a lovely street with great neighbors that actually talk to one another, stop over for coffee, and borrow cups of sugar. Only now there’s a giant elephant in the………area.
I received a lovely email from the grand daughter of John Sanders. Apparrently the house was not built by John Sanders, but by the Osbornes after which the street was named. When John Sanders purchased the house over 70 years ago, it need a lot of work that he did himself. He closed in the front porch and he built the garage in the back. The reason that he bought the house was because he was from England and the name of the Queen's summer house was called "The Osborne House." As a side note, when his wife saw the house, it need so much work that she sat down and cried. But as he began to fix it up, she began to see what he saw in it.