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Located 3.4 miles east of the town of Lowell on route J20 is the Melcher house and adjacent pottery workshop. The house is given an early date of 1842, but certainly what one sees today most likely was built in the mid-1850s and later. The handsome square two-story house is a Federal type which has been updated with Italianate features. These include the usual bracketed roof and a double-piered entrance porch. The basic proportions of the house are Federal, as seen in elements such as the widow's walk at the summit of the low-pitched hipped roof. The pottery workshop is in a two-story building with a gabled roof; its walls are of thick native limestone. Vertical boards sheath the gable ends, and timber was used for the lintels of the doors and windows.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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