Located at the corner of Pleasant St. & Home Ave. (you guessed it, that’s what inspired it’s moniker) it’s hard to believe this incredible house was almost leveled back in the day to make room for something far less grand we’re sure. A 3-2 vote and the generosity of the Mills family (we’ll get to them later), saved it from the bulldozer.
This home is prime example of the turn of the century architectural Arts & Crafts movement, which spawned from a rejection of the developing “cookie cutter” manufacturing techniques coming into practice. Followers of the A&C movement felt homes were “losing their distinctiveness because mass manufacturing techniques created inferior products and dehumanized workers.” Regardless of where you may stand on that conviction, you have to admire the results.
Pick a nice vantage point of the front of the home. What do you see? Flat roof? Did they want it to leak? Not an issue, this home was designed in 1897 by master architect George Maher. Perhaps not a household name, but architectural historian H. Allen Brooks was certainly a fan. He wrote: