This ell-wing Folk Victorian with Italianate influences was originally built as a Gulf Coast cottage in 1878 by William Craine in the middle of two lots. John E. Riordan, a timekeeper and then a bookkeeper in the H. & T. C. shops, bought it in 1882 and lived there for a decade. In 1892 he sold it to Gustave A. Herzog, a German immigrant and machinist, who lived at 1817 Decatur until about 1908, when he moved the 1-story house a few feet eastward and built a new 2-story house for himself on the corner lot at 1819 Decatur. Either Riordan or Herzog expanded the original Craine cottage into an ell-wing house before 1896. It had a prominent Italianate bay window in the front that was probably removed in the 1950's. 1817 Decatur, now on the next-to-corner lot, has been rental property since it was moved. The two corner lots had the same owner until 2006.
Made 29 Oct 1973 for appraisal purposes. Courtesy Harris Co. Archives.