The building, known at the Kent House,
"It's kind of a tragedy, because that was a historic home," Neal said, adding that she would have liked to see it restored to its former glory.
The building's story starts, according to Neal, with Kent, a lumber dealer active in business and community affairs of his time in
Neal said that the mansion was designed by architect
"White and Kent, they were friends," Neal said.
The history museum book describes the house as "a square and well-proportioned house set far back from the street in spacious grounds among rare trees. The entrance was quite impressive, with wide stone steps, four Corinthian columns beside the front door, as was flanked by side windows. A heavy paneled front door was topped by a half-circle window. On the east side, the wall was brown sandstone. A small three-part bay window naturally lit the library.
"The house had porches and balconies, as well as many large rooms, with beautiful Victorian furniture and Oriental rugs decorating them. There was an exquisite Tiffany leaded glass window, which caught the morning sun and reflected a myriad of colors."
According to the museum book, the Kent home was sold during the years of the Great Depression and was vacant until
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