National Register of Historic Places in Douglas County

National Register #87001539: William Quartus Brown House 20 September 2010
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National Register #87001539
William Quartus Brown House and Wash House
274 South Main Street
Riddle
Built 1904

This residence, built for mining engineer William Quartus Brown, is the best preserved and best designed example of Queen Anne architecture in the town of Riddle. The house also has elements of the Colonial Revival style.

Some distinctive stylistic features are:

  • flared and overhanging second story exterior clad with shingles
  • ground story clad with weatherboards
  • eyebrow dormer
  • polygonal window bays
  • keystoned oval
  • vent in the primary gable end
  • windows with leaded glass panes

The interior is finished in the tradition of the English Arts and Crafts Movement with fine woodwork, including built-in cabinetry and chimneypieces.

The brick wash house, built in 1894, is a legacy of the hotel which previously occupied the property.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination.

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