John M. Mathis built this house, although it has come to be identified with his cousin and business partner Thomas H. Mathis, to whom J. M. Mathis conveyed it. A five-bay-wide, symmetrically composed cottage, the Mathis House is raised on an arched brick basement. Rather than the customary side-gabled roof, it has a low-pitched hipped roof set off with a bracketed cornice. Delicately scaled architraves cap shuttered windows, and the front doorway and porch are discreetly ornamented with classical detail. The Mathis House is not grand. But because its detailing is so precise, it possesses an inherent distinction from which it derives a serene sense of presence.
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