MER­CHANT’S MON­U­MENT

Old House Journal - - My Neighborhood -

Built by seed-com­pany owner Si­las W. Rob­bins in 1873, this Se­cond Em­pire house nar­rowly es­caped de­struc­tion by fire in 1996—and barely sur­vived ne­glect be­fore it was res­cued by the Aforis­mos. Call­ing on tal­ented ar­ti­sans, the cou­ple re­stored the interior and re­built the porte-cochere. Iron roof crest­ing and the arched, dou­ble-leaf front door set with beveled glass are orig­i­nal.

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