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Chamber of Commerce Building (N. H. Davis House)
The house built for Judge N. H. Davis is a side-gabled, central-hall-plan wood cottage with a full-width front veranda capped by a shed roof. The house is low set and the chimney stack on the north side of the house is stone. The turned porch posts, two-over-two-pane windows, and the detailing of door and sidelights suggest later nineteenth-century alterations.
Just north of the house, at 306 Liberty Street, is Judge Davis's law office, a small, freestanding, gable-fronted rectangular building. At number 211 is the former First State Bank Building, a freestanding, one-story, brick building decorated with improvised classical detail. Two blocks east of the Davis House is the R. S. Willis House (1854) at 300 Prairie Street and, at number 202, a second N. H. Davis House of 1876 that is much more imposing than Davis's earlier cottage. The second Davis House was designed by Thomas Gooden and built by John Bishop.
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