This house combines the picturesque irregularity of an Italian Villa with a Second Empire mansard-roofed tower. The porch and the circular gazebo-like feature with a bellcast roof at one of its corners may have been added when modifications were made to the house in the early twentieth century. A shallow pediment on the porch that indicated the entrance to the house is decorated with low-relief classical motifs, a variation on a recurring Danville theme. The house's stuccoed walls are enlivened with quoins, a modillion cornice, and pressed-metal hood moldings over the windows, and the roof has polychrome, patterned slates and delicate iron cresting. Bold and unique, the Penn-Wyatt House, built for tobacco merchant James Gabriel Penn and his wife, Sallie Johnson, holds pride of place on a street of outstanding buildings. The house was sold at auction to Landon Wyatt in 1934. The carriage house dates to 1904.
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