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Proceeding up the hill to 801 West Main Street, one will find a magnificent Queen Anne dwelling visible through a thick grove of shrubs and trees. The building's ground floor is sheathed in stone; above, the walls are divided into a variety of repeated and connected geometric patterns. The best feature of the building is the very high corner tower topped by a conical roof. To the side, the porte-cochère is treated as an independent pavilion with two segmental arches gently breaking through and into the roof. The thick, turned columns supporting the porte-cochère roof are placed on raised masonry walls, and along the side is a delicate, lacy, turned balustrade.

The community also boasts a Prairie dwelling reminiscent of the work of George Maher. This is the Cantine house (1925) at 1110 Main Street. The house is formed of the usual brick-sheathed box covered by a hipped roof with a wide overhang. A large porch runs across the front of the house, and a gabled dormer projects from the center of the roof. The upper sashes of the double-hung windows have a pattern of two horizontal bands with two vertical bars placed near each end. The enclosed second-floor sleeping porch to the rear, with its continuous band of glass windows, is the most overt Prairie-style feature of the building.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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