Attorney and banker J. E. Bratt chose a prominent hillside site at the intersection of two major streets for his family residence. The house, while only one-and-a-half stories in height, appears much larger from the street below. A retaining wall of rusticated stone encompasses two sides of the property, and the house is reached by a broad flight of steps that angle up the hill to its corner entrance. A porch that wraps the building’s two principal facades is supported by paired wooden columns at the pedimented entrance bay and by single columns along the sides. The upper floor is expressive in its two bold dormer windows joined by the entrance’s pediment, giving further emphasis to the building’s corner. The house was occupied from 1940 to 1960 by the Smiley family.
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