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J. Nelson and Eleanor Murphy Kelly House

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1897, George F. Barber and Company. 521 S. 5th St.

The first documented mail-order house in Grand Forks was constructed for the Kellys, who selected an eclectic design from a catalogue of George F. Barber of Knoxville, Tennessee, among the most prominent of mail-order architectural firms in the United States from 1888 to 1915. They procured seven sheets of architectural drawings through the mail for the house and then hired a local builder to erect the dwelling. The mixed Colonial Revival and Queen Anne design is two-and-a-half stories in height, with a central gambrel-roofed attic bay and a one-story enclosed porch extending the full width of the facade.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "J. Nelson and Eleanor Murphy Kelly House", [Grand Forks, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 77-77.

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