With the bulkheading of the Hague, Mowbray Arch became Norfolk's most desirable waterfront address, lined with large houses in a variety of revival styles. The design of the Tait House, probably by a local architect/builder, derives from the Queen Anne–Shingle Style pattern books of the 1890s. Picturesque elements abound on the exterior, including asymmetrical gambrel gables, soaring chimney stack, and eyebrow dormer.
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