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Harry C. Franzheim House

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1897, attrib. Edward B. Franzheim. 1990s, McKinley and Associates. 404 S. Front St.

Representative of the second phase of residential development on Wheeling Island, this Shingle Style house had the highest appraised value of any island property when it was built. The tax assessor must have seen it from an angle, as its front elevation tries hard to disguise its true extent.

The shingle covering is used to full advantage: undulating to serve as a hood over an eyebrow attic window, serving as voussoirs around an oval window, and even forming an ogee bracket that helps the Ionic columns support the porch entablature. A very knowing architectural essay, the house was almost certainly designed by architect Franzheim for his brother, although no documentation has yet surfaced to prove it.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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