The stately Victorian, with a pepper-pot-topped turret on one side, has stood in elegance on more than .8 Riverside acres for 120 years. Painted a pale creamy yellow, the house is trimmed in crisp white and surrounded by lush greenery. Borders of hydrangeas, evergreen shrubs and decorative grasses hug the fenced property line, and boxwood borders skirt the front and side of the house. Beyond are floral beds for summertime color.
The steeply-pitched complex roof lines are typical of its 1890's era, as are the textured shingles, multiple stories and arched windows.
To one side of the house is the original porte-cochere, carefully maintained so alighting guests may avoid the sartorial ravages of stormy weather. Here, the roof sits on top of shingled columns, and pairs of chubby columns continue along the deep wrap-around porch. Bead board lines part of the porch ceiling and the swirling curves of the outer wall.
Granite block forms the chimneys that serve the eight indoor fireplaces and the foundation walls. Much of the house retains its original form. The massive front door has its early hardware and hinges of brass, and most of the windows have carved tracery in a variety of patterns on the upper sashes.
The living room has high wainscoting of paneling that also surrounds the fireplace with a large mirror above. What was once a library was made into a room-sized wet bar. The bar itself is semi-circular in shape, following the outline of the turret. Chairs surround the bar for a convivial atmosphere. The dining room has a corner fireplace in the shape of a three-quarter round with rope moldings.
The fireplace in the kitchen is floor-to-ceiling brick, with a simple white-wood mantel, and the sit-down island is topped with granite in blue and gold. The stovetop hosts four gas burners and two powered by electricity, and the white cabinets are lined with bead board. As in the libraries of an earlier era, the kitchen boasts a ladder that travels on its track, giving access to the uppermost cabinets.
The ceiling is beamed in the family room, the doors are paneled¸ and the wainscoting is of bead board. The powder room allows guests to wash their hands at an antique off-white marble sink.
In the master suite is a bedroom whose fireplace is of golden-hued brick with white fluted borders, a vine motif and carvings that reference a fleur-de-lis pattern. The second fireplace in the sitting room has fluted Corinthian columns, with circular vines. His bath is fashioned of mahogany and green marble, and hers is of white-and-gray marble with an oval tub. Each has an individual walk-in closet.
Much of the paneling on the first floor is original, and the wealth of carved detail throughout the house -- in moldings, window treatments and stairway -- has been preserved intact. There are stained-glass window panels, deep complex designs for crown moldings and chair rails throughout. Chair rails were originally intended to prevent damage to the walls when chairs were moved about, but have since become a decorative element.