When built in the mid-1850s, the house of General Warner Lewis was a quiet, rather modest version of the late Federal style. In 1904 he transformed it into something much more magnificent. Essentially he “Colonialized” the house by pulling the entrance forward, and by adding a columned porch; above, he created a curved balustraded balcony, behind which was a wall with Ionic columns and a new central gable. But he also added several features one would normally associate with the nineteenth-century Italianate: bracketed eaves and a central, large-scale cupola with round-arched windows. What is remarkable is that because this all works together so well, one is not really aware of the varied background of the house when one first encounters it.
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