The town was named for its founder, Simeon E. Dow, and his house was sited like a feudal castle, visually dominating the community below. Dow was a land speculator and promoter, and he entertained high hopes for his new city. His grand two-story brick house shares a number of qualities with a similarly sited house, Montauk (1874), in Clermont. Both are Italianate in style, both are strong and aggressive designs, and both are situated on high eminences overlooking their respective communities. The bracketed roof of the Dow house is broken in the front by a central curved gable that contains a circular window. The principal windows and doorways of the house have segmental curved lintels that project from the surrounding brick walls.
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