This once grand mansion sits on the corner of Beecher and Melrose just off Gilbert Ave in an area of large homes and apartments. The home features some incredible stone work. The home borrows from the Romanesque, free classic and Queen Anne schools of architectural design. One is greeted by an impressive front porch with open side gallery that wraps to the east side of the house.
The large front gable serves to balance the Tall Turret which features both stained glass and carved limestone or sandstone "panels" that make up the top of this turret. As one progresses down the west side of the house one sees a two level stone bay with a large third floor dormer. It would appear that there was once a second chimney near the rear that probably serviced several fireplaces at the servants end of the house. Surprisingly the stained glass appears to be there on the turret and is protected by storms installed probably in the 1960's.
In any other city a multi million dollar house. The neighborhood appears stable with some good restoration work on Lincoln and Beecher has several other large mansion sized homes on it as well but appears to suffer from the apartment buildings to the north and the multi storied apartments to the east. Its a nice "time capsule' house, probably was in the same family for years and didn't suffer the indignities that some of the homes around it did.
Another architectural tour-de-force that if you never got off the main roads you would never know existed. As with any house in this series if you know more about it and would like to share your thoughts and observatiosn, feel free to comment. Also contact us if you know a house that should be part of this series.