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Judge Cox House

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1898, Elmer Jacobs. 1980s, Tai and Lee. 206 Spruce St. (northeast corner of Spruce and Pleasant sts.)

This textbook Queen Anne mansion, built of hard-pressed brick, stands near the southeast edge of downtown. It has all the style's earmarks: octagonal tower, Palladian motifs, hipped and gabled roof sections, and a picturesque, asymmetrical facade that includes a spacious porch. The imposing chimneys, with multitudinous recessed panels, are particularly distinctive. Frank Cox, a West Virginia Supreme Court judge, built the house. In the 1980s, a Pittsburgh architecture firm restored and rehabilitated it for a most appropriate adaptive use: a law office.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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