Published: 19 September 2008
The southernmost of the "Kessler" neighborhoods, Kessler Plaza began development in the late 1930s. A drive around the area reveals a variety of architectural styles ranging from Eclectic Tudor and Colonial Revival to 1950s Ranch-style. One last parcel of land was developed in the 1970s, reflecting a contemporary mode.
Tranquil and distinctive
While some of the newer houses are three-bedroom-sized, the area is noted for the distinctive collection of Picturesque cottages, most offering two bedrooms. Displaying exteriors of brick, Austin stone, or a combination of the two, the homes can be quite eyecatching. Boasting unique gable treatments, distinctive windows, unusual roof dormers, exterior wood trim, or porches each elevation is individual. Tenth Street and Marvin Avenue have the largest concentration of these cottages, many of which were built by the same contractor. Most have been well maintained or are being restored by enthusiastic new owners.