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.
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J. Nelson and Eleanor Murphy Kelly House
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