Catching the fancy of the child in us all is this house, commonly referred to as “Hansel and Gretel” or “story-book” style, though it could be termed English cottage style. Mann, an architect from Memphis, Tennessee, incorporated as many materials and architectural features as would seem possible to create this picturesque cottage. He utilized random-sized and squared stone, brick, stucco, wood, and red tiles in a composition of steep roofs, a jerkinhead gable, round and eyebrow arches, multiple chimneys, transom windows, diamond-shaped mullions, and a flattened arch for a porte-cochere. Perhaps surprisingly, it all adds up to a unified design. The house was built for H. B. Bateman Jr., who was a banker at the Merchants and Planters Bank (MO4).
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