The Billmeyer House

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Travel far and wide and you’ll still be hard-pressed to find a more elegant example of Victorian Italianate architecture than The Billmeyer House. Today, the building is part of the First Presbyterian Church complex; however, it was built originally in 1863 by Charles Billmeyer, a railroad car manufacturer. This unique building features frescos by Costagini and Scataglia, two Italian artists who assisted in the painting of the U.S. Capitol Building. (These two painters also worked in the nearby Brownstone Building, built by Billmeyer’s business partner, David Small.) Not surprisingly, the Billmeyer House is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Architectural features include scroll-saw brackets, quoins, cupola, arched windows with hood mold and foliate keystone, multiple chimneys, and—on the side elevation—an oriel.

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