This stellar example of Queen Anne, fused with some Shingle Style elements, is attributed to Fredonia, New York, architect Enoch Curtis. Although at first glance the elaborate design seems to have come from one of George F. Barber's pattern books, the composition of the elements does not match any of his documented designs. Since Curtis designed Reuting's office building in the commercial district, it is possible that he designed this house using elements he gleaned from contemporary pattern books. Most prominent on the facade is the faceted tower at the center, with its convex mansard roof. Surrounding this are gables and dormers that are framed to resemble pediments and that emphasize the angularity of the design. The rooftops are echoed on the first story in the pediment of the surrounding porch. The plan and details of the house, from the second-story porch with bracketed overhang to the oriel window on the west elevation, indicate a composition beyond the capabilities of most contractors.
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Theodore and Marie Reuting House
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