|"Tropical Patriot–Tampa", 8x8, oil|
I've seen several houses like this in Hyde Park with a row of identical column bases across the front but one missing column in front of where the front door is. The asymmetry looks a bit strange to me but it must have been on purpose. Usually people put a planter on the lonely column base.
I was told that a lot of these small cottages in Hyde Park were Sears houses: designed and marketed by Sears Roebuck. The house was sold as a kit, and the pieces were shipped by train to the railroad station nearest to the lot. Owners usually assembled it themselves. In fact our first home in New Jersey was a Sears house. I always wondered how big the instruction booklet was.