Focus on 505 Circle Drive: A Sister House

by Dotty Woods

As you might already know, there are a few instances in our neighborhood where early residents built companion or sister houses next to their own. Such is the case with 505 Circle Drive.

This beautiful Tudor style home is next door to the house affenctionately known as the “castle” at 475 Circle Drive. While the castle was being built (1926 – 1931) for Mary Dean Reed, she asked her architect Henry Manning to construct a similar but smaller home for her sister Florence Dean Titus. 505 Circle was completed in 1929 with many of the same materials, even down to the door handles. When first built, the house had steps through the garden to the castle so that the sisters could have breakfast together each day.

Joe Smith and his family have called 505 Circle home since 2011. He is just the fourth owner since 1929. One of the most notable previous owners was Pulitzer prize winner and playwright Mary Coyle Chase. In fact, one of the conditions of the sale of the house was was that Mary Chase’s library be conveyed with the home, so her personal collection of books still lines the walls of the entry hall.

In 2016, the National Trust for Historic Presentation’s National Trust Council toured both homes.

Make sure to take a closer look next time you walk or drive by these neighborhood gems.