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Wisteria Cottage (Judge John W. Wright Cottage)

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Judge John W. Wright Cottage
1872. 305 South Green St., facing Mercer St.

The main residential section of the town lies east of the springs in the valley and up the slopes of a hill far less rugged than Warm Spring Ridge to the west. Here several mid- and late-nineteenth-century cottages, some converted to bedand-breakfasts, give a modicum of Victorian-era flavor. As would be expected in a summer resort, all have generous porches. Because of the terrain, most are built on high foundations, and their porches are approached by steps. This example, with board-and-batten siding, has a simple hipped roof supported by a modestly bracketed Italianate cornice. An encircling veranda and a once separate kitchen, also board and batten, make it appear larger than it is. The original owner, who had been a friend and political ally of Abraham Lincoln, was living in Washington when he built his summer retreat. Architecturally, Wisteria Cottage is a late example of a type that authors such as Andrew Jackson Downing promulgated in pattern books of the 1840s and 1850s.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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