The property on which the competitions focus is 21 Stanhope Avenue in Keene, New Hampshire.
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Keene is in southwestern New Hampshire, in the watershed of the Ashuelot River, a tributary of the Connecticut River. Keene’s elevation is around 500 feet above sea level and the area falls within USDA hardiness zone 6. The city’s population is around 24,000. Keene is home to two colleges, Keene State College and Antioch University of New England.
21 Stanhope is about 0.8 acres. The property has a long rectangular shape, with boundaries approximately 125′ x 300′. The house sits near the road and is aligned with it, facing northwest.
The land is relatively flat, sloping down very slightly toward the east. Soil on the site is loamy sand, classified as Caesar loamy sand. Wooden and chain link fences run along most of the western side of the property. Much of the property is currently quite open, with large vegetation and structures making up a portion of the site–the house and shed in the north, a line of deciduous trees along the southwestern fence line, a stand of white pines along the southeastern edge of the property, and three apple trees southeast of the house. Throughout the yard, there is a lawn composed primarily of grasses, strawberry, dandelion, yarrow, mosses, cinquefoil, and clover. These plants thrive throughout the property except underneath the white pine trees, where little is growing. There is also a lilac to the west of the house, a winged euonymus to the west of the neighbors’ shed, and a row of yucca, possibly Yucca filamentosa, to the west of the white pines.
The house is gutted, with internal walls intact to varying degrees. It appears that parts of the upstairs were burned at some time in the past.
The space under the staircase is part of the bathroom.
The second floor measures 20′ 2″ (north and south walls) by 29′ 5″ (east and west walls) at floor height. All three dormers measure 5′ 6″ wide.
The foundation matches the shape of the ground floor, except that there is no foundation under the porch.