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The Castle (“Cap'n Till” Lester House)
Entrepreneur Till Lester's house is a fantasy born of aggravation over the frozen pipes that occurred all too often after people began to install indoor plumbing. Lester built his two-story square house around a three-story, central utilities square set at a quarter turn from the rest of the house. As a result, the rooms have no frozen pipes but do have an unsettling five sides each. What appear to be the house's white-painted bricks are, in fact, small concrete blocks. The Castle's top floor has casement windows that open to create a sleeping porch, a popular feature in the early part of the twentieth century before air-conditioning and because outdoor sleeping was considered healthful. With its blind railings and projecting posts, the house's walls give the impression of having battlements and the house itself seems like a fortified castle. The projecting, one-bay arcaded entrance porch adds to the idiosyncratic appearance of the house.
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