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Howard-Rakes House

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1914, Lather Hylton, builder. 209 E. Main St.

Incorporating bricks from an antebellum house that previously stood on the site, this Georgian Revival house built for Nannie Harman Howard is one of the county's grandest architectural endeavors. The most prominent feature of the house is the two-story pedimented portico supported by fluted cypress columns with capitals mixing Egyptian and Corinthian motifs. A similar, smaller-scale one-story porch runs beneath the main portico and wraps around the sides of the house. Jack arches and keystones mark window openings and a grandiose front entrance has leaded-glass sidelights and an elliptical transom. The building's pressedmetal shingled, hipped roof is punctuated by corbeled brick chimney stacks and pedimented arched dormers. The interior boasts an unusual assortment of fireplaces of decoratively worked local soapstone.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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