The John Smith house presented the classic image of a large (14-room) mid-nineteenth-century Italianate villa—an imposing square volume surmounted by a wide cupola. The secondary windows on the upper floor have segmented tops; the center of each facade was emphasized by either a round-arched window, or, on the principal facade, by three joined arched windows. The corners of the building were defined by paneled engaged piers, and a balustraded porch ran across the entrance front. The roofs of both the main block and of the cupola were bracketed, and a row of six arched windows adorned each side of the cupola. A recent remodeling has eliminated much of the house's elaborated detailing.
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