Built in 1946, our house shares common design elements with others in this section of the city. Some/all of these shared elements are distinctive, round capped chimneys, ceiling/floor length front windows, gingerbread vertical siding on the xx and inside, natural wood arched ceilings, trim and floors.
Particularly vulnerable to relentless sun on south facing sections of the exterior siding are the gable portions with their delicate trim which daily thermal heating/cooling not only backs all the nails out causing the siding to lift off, but the trim splits longitudinally. Coupled with the fact that the room line trim stands off the flats of the siding via these trim strips, there are numerous (too many) gaps for wasps to find and nest.
Though a quaint design element, with practicality in mind, made the decision to convert this arrangement to the standard 1 X 12 siding farther down. A fortuitous decision as it turned out because the original builds did not felt above the main house line thus these gaps permitted insects to invade our attic.