Mary Huber proudly stands in front of her beautiful Queen Anne cottage at 141 South Hawthorne Lane. The photo was taken sometime between 1899 and 1902. Mrs. Huber was the widow of John Huber, the former town marshall of Irvington. Her daughter, Cora, lived next door at 145 South Hawthorne.
There are so many things I enjoy about this photo. Notice that the house was painted at least two and possibly three colors. Current or future owners will have a gem if they decide to restore the porch and remove the aluminum siding that currently encases the home. Mrs. Huber was clearly in love with her yard. Morning glories are growing up the porch and on the side of the house. The front yard is filled with flowers and yucca plants. Some young trees are starting to grow. Can you image how this scene would have looked had it been a color photo? It is all so lush!
The contemporary photo shows the same house in 2011. Much of the charm of the Victorian cottage is gone, but it could easily return. You may learn more about the Huber family by clicking on the "Huber Family" link below or the "Hawthorne Lane" link. The historic image is courtesy of Don Rouse.