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H. M. S. Byers House (Saint Helen House)
The hilly terrain to the south, west, and east of Terrace Hill is now a National Register Historic District (Terrace Road and Owl's Head Historic Districts). Within this district on a precipitous slope overlooking the Raccoon River and Water Works Park is one of the city's most original houses, Saint Helen House, built by the former Consular General of Switzerland and Italy, H. M. S. Byers. The main section of the house (there have been later additions) has an architectural character one associates with late nineteenth-century French summer houses. The flat roof of this two-story house is hidden behind a parapet. At the northeast corner, slightly projecting from the adjacent brick walls of the second
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