249 Paris SE

Built in: 1870
Style: Vernacular Farmhouse
Description:
1994 Tour
Comments:
This house was built in 1867 - one year following the end of the Civil War. It is a vernacular style which means it is a local expression of a particular building type. It borrows elements of the Greek Revival style which features a front gabled shape to echo the façade of a Greek temple. Gable-front houses are well suited to narrow urban lots. The round arch attic window is a design element borrowed from the Italianate style. Queen Anne or Colonial Revival detailing are also often found on a vernacular house. The original owner, Dr. Blair, had this home built as a very basic house for a gentleman farmer on approximately 20 acres of land -- his own "Little House on the Prairie". Following his death in 1871, his widow divided the property and sold off the lots.
Past Owners:
Dr. Blair
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