Saturday, April 24, 2010

Trip 14: August Dewes House & Francis J. Dewes House

Date: April 19, 2010
Trip: 14
Landmarks Visited: 2
Landmarks To-Date: 20
Landmarks Remaining: 333

On Monday after work I drove to two landmarked homes that are located side by side in Lincoln Park. The landmark marker outside says the homes are built in the beaux artes style which became popular again after the 1893 World's Fair. The house on the corner is a stand-alone mansion, and the neighboring house is more of a town home. The houses were obvious built by the same person or family, because the styles match and they share a yard between them.

The mansion's most outstanding feature is the front entrance, which is flanked by two large sculptures--one each of a semi-naked man and woman. The sculptures are of classic design, and unfortunately are suffering from some damage. A surface layer of maybe plaster appears to be pealing away.

The town home has a three story external spiral staircase. Both houses are beautiful but don't exactly blend into the neighborhood. They are larger in scale and are more decorative than the neighboring buildings.

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