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Maxwell-Gaylord House

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c. 1898. c. 1906–1916. 228 E. Main St.
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

As built, this was a relatively simple, L-shaped, two-story frame house. Early in the twentieth century, its owners added an astonishing rounded tower in the angle of the ell. Three stories tall, covered with fish-scale shingles, and topped with a prominent conical roof, it has overwhelmed the rest of the ensemble ever since. A one-story front porch that wraps around its base and extends across the facade is now enclosed. Lewis Maxwell built the house for his daughter and son-in-law, William Gaylord.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Maxwell-Gaylord House", [Clarksburg, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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