The Victorian era in Bristol was brief. Vaguely Federal houses persisted into the middle of the nineteenth century, and these threads were easily picked up a generation or so later by the architects of the Colonial Revival. Among the
Borden's standard five-bay Federal house is distinguished by its particularly ornate pedimented entrance, one of the finest in Bristol. It incorporates a semicircular fanlight over a doorway flanked by two engaged Ionic columns, and its lines are articulated by rich profiled moldings. At second-story level is a garland-trimmed Palladian window of idiosyncratic form (a feature admired by native architect Wallis E. Howe, who cribbed the motif for his own Colonial Revival work). The interior woodwork is consistently superlative, particularly the mantels and the delicate staircase, whose paneled wainscot echoes the handrail in its molded upper edge. Of special note is the rope molding in the northwest parlor.