Emily Hatfield House

Emily Hatfield House

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78 Eighth Avenue
Queen Anne House
Emily Hatfield House. Built in 1887, this 2 1/2 story house has an interesting mix of decorative and design elements. Exterior walls are covered by hand-cut shingles with half-circle butts and a band of diamond butts mid-may on the second floor wall, as well as clapboard. Roofs have multiple intersecting hips and gables whose shapes and treatments create a picturesque effect. Windows come in a variety of sizes, shapes and light arrangements. The porch covers two sides of the house and is supported by Tuscan order columns. Porch eaves and columns are joined by 'spider web" quarter circles made of radiating spindles. A front porch extension at one corner is octagonal. The square tower is three stories high with a pyramidal roof, circle-head windows, and a second-story porch with round-arch openings. The entire front gable has carved mill work ornamentation with a rising sun design. This is the best preserved example of this popular house form in Atlantic Highlands and is well executed restoration.

It was built for Emma Hatfield, who also founded the first public library in Atlantic Highlands. The house winds the prize for the boldest "painted lady" coloring in town. The foundation is purple. First floor siding is medium purple. Shingles are medium purple, except a band of diamond butts mid-way on the second floor is light purple. Porch railings and window frames are white.

Next to this house, climb the public stone steps to Prospect Circle. At the top, turn left/clockwise round the circle to 46 Prospect Circle.

The houses at 66, 74, and 78 Eight Avenue stand on high embankments above Eighth Avenue. This height, their considerable size and their distinctive architecture and coloring combine to make an impressive and interesting row of historic residences.

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