City Directories and History: It appears from the Sanborn Map of 1905, that the original dwelling at this location, was a large Italianate style home, with a central
tower and flanking front porches, to fit nicely along South Congress’s prestigious homes.
The Sanborn map shows this location as approximately #64 South Congress Street. It is clearly an adaptive interpretation, of one of William R. Ranlett’s house plans, which he presented in 1851 in his very popular book, The Architect. The use of a central projecting tower on the front of the house was one of his many suggestions which offered access to a central hall from opposite sides of the tower’s entrance. Other notable examples of his work were used along South Congress as well as at Historic Brattonsville’s Hightower Hall home.
This fine home was across the street from the Beaty house and two doors south of the Wolfe home. The image is extremely similar one at 316 South Congress Street, known locally as the Stewart house. In the mid 20th century, Kitty Lee Steele resided here.
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