The house was built for Arthur Ilfeld of the prominent Las Vegas mercantile family. The Arts and Crafts design is inflected with Queen Anne Style detailing. The architecture combines patterned brick walls with projecting window bays at the corners, a parallel gable roof punctuated by dormers, and a central pavilion fronted by a suspended metal awning and faced with blind arches. This rises to another dormer window, set into a pyramidal roof whose broken profile suggests a Dutch gable. Though the design is unattributed, its confident sophistication suggests the hand of a professional architect, perhaps Rapp and Rapp, the same firm that designed the Herman Ilfeld House. With the standard setback of 40 feet, the house sits on a generous corner lot with a frontage of 100 feet and an exceptional depth of approximately 240 feet; the carriage house (garage) behind the house is reached from the side street.
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