Occasionally, the lines and proportions of a house combine to produce a result which can only be described as elegant. Such is the case, on this stunning Second Empire home. Built circa 1870, the unbroken vertical lines of the asymmetrical red brick home draw the eye upwards to the slate blue mansard roof that crowns the building. The large dentils of the deep eave molding and the broad, clean expanse of the roof ridge cornice combine to accentuate the convex curves of the mansard. Semi-circular two over one windows are used throughout the house; the dormer windows emphasized by the white decorative surrounds while on the facade the windows are punctuated by rusticated keystones. The bay window, set in a projecting wall section that rises to break the main eave line is capped with a distinct roof section that is pierced by a gable dormer topped with a graceful finial, taken together creates the impression of a tower. While the Neo-classical pedimented porch may, or may not, be original to the build, its Spartan elegance marries very well with the overall presentation.
Originally a symmetrical three townhouse terrace, this building suffered the amputation of one-third its structure by the builder of an apartment block. Despite ruining the building’s balance, the remaining two houses maintain a courtly presence unified by the classic Mansard roof; its convex curves set-off by highly decorated eave and roof-ridge cornices. The slate roof tile field is broken by dormers with semi-circular arched windows framed in elaborate decorative trim. The facade is defined by beefy eave brackets, stone quoins and heavy water table. The segmentally arched single and paired windows are emphasized by stone drip molds and incised keystones. The porch on the left house and the prominent frontispiece on the right house sport columns with Corinthian capitals overtopped by trefoil decorations that lend a hint of Gothic to the decoration. Finally, the heavily ornamented bay window works to both balance and actuate the frontispiece of the neighboring house. When built, the now missing third house would have been a mirror image of the house on the left end, creating a perfectly balanced grand terrace.