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Second Empire Houses on 13th Street, South Side

Pair of Second Empire rowhouses

On a street of mostly small vernacular rowhouses, this pair of grand Second Empire houses dominates the streetscape. They are well preserved and well cared for, and we need no more excuse to appreciate the details.

Front door

This front entrance (could you guess that the picture was taken the day after Halloween?) bears an unusual memento of the original owner of the house:

Monogram: JS

Note the monogram on the side of the steps. An 1890 map shows that the house belonged to a Jonathan Seibert.

Breezeway and front door

Note the exceptionally elaborate door on the breezeway.

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