Hidden behind a luxurious growth of privacy hedges and various plants, the house evokes an air of ancient, dignified, mystery and intrigue – an atmosphere rarely experienced in this corner of southwestern Nebraska. A break in the hedge for the walkway reveals what appears to be a rather staid house of the Colonial Revival persuasion; Tuscan columns (with exaggerated entasis) support a wrap-around porch and its pedimented entry. A modest “tower” defines a corner. But, wait… what’s that lurking behind the columns?
The porch, entry door with sidelights and corner “tower” all appear to be circa 1900. What’s going on behind the columns?
Ah; there are more of them! Tall windows with segmental arches and beefy hooded crowns…
From the driveway more of the house is revealed. In addition to the Italianate windows, a bracketed cornice can be seen above the porch roof. Complete with drop finials, the brackets are further proof that this house began as one styled in the Italianate manner, and is a bit older than its c. 1900 porch. A boxy dormer window is also a later alteration.
A closer look. The corner porch pedestal has been replaced with smooth-faced concrete block. I can’t help but wonder just how elaborate the original front doors (likely a pair) must have been! Many of the brackets have lost their drop finials; some still survive.
The bracketed cornice is more visible from this perspective. Image courtesy Google Street View.