The Pinchot family's first important commission in their hometown is this chunky French Victorian pastiche with overhanging eaves that shelters the town's post office on the first floor and artists’ studios on the second story. The commission to Vaux, then at the height of his fame for his work at New York City's Central Park, marks the beginning of James Pinchot's strategy for scattering commissions to architects who could make use of the decorative materials that he imported to his New York store from France.
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