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Naylor House

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1869, 1873, attrib. William Foster. 644 9th St.

Thomas Naylor, a dealer in flour and groceries, built (in 1869) the single-story, clapboard-sheathed two-room house that now serves as the rear wing to the later dwelling. In design this small building looks to the Gothic Revival for its imagery. A few years later, in 1873, in building the two-story brick house, Naylor and his architect turned to the Second Empire style (with several leftovers from the earlier Italianate mode). The small entrance porch has a cornice that curves around a central medallion. There is a larger porch on the side, and an angled bay in ashlar block stone with a small balustrade extends from the south side of the house. Still accompanying the house at the front is the original cast-iron post and woven wrought-iron fence. Within, the sidehall plan house is almost unadulterated; its staircase, doorways, many fireplaces, cornices, and decorated ceilings remain.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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