Nathan George and Esther
Lauretta Ford Clark House


Nathan George and Esther Lauretta Ford Clark House - 268 West State
Nathan George and Esther Lauretta Ford Clark House - 268 West State

National Register's Architecture Description

"Built in 1899, this one and a half story brick residence provides the district's earliest example of the Victorian plan type consisting of a central block with projecting bays. Comprised of a large rectangular block, the plan is articulated by the extension of bays on the front and sides of the house. The frontal or southern projecting bay features a gable roof and recessed, rounded corners where rock-faced brick is employed. The bay's large fixed window with transom features an elliptical brick head as do all original window openings. The majority of original windows, which are one-over-one double hung, remain in place. The main entry, which is covered by an assembly dating to ca. 1940, has been veneered with flagstone dating to ca. 1960. The remainder of the house is covered by a roof which combines gables, hips, truncated hips, and hip-roof dormers. These are ornamented with a wide frieze and scroll-cut corner brackets on the west bay. The interior of the building retains a majority of original finishes including door and window casings, doors, and a decorative fireplace embellished by a ceramic tile hearth and surround. This is framed by a wood mantel supported by square wooden piers on each side."

History

District's only barn on the National
Register of Historic Places - 268 West State
District's only barn on the National Register of Historic Places

Nathan George Clark was the third son of Ezra T. Clark and his second wife Susan Leggett Clark. Nathan was a life long farmer and horticulturist in Farmington. This home had been in the Clark family for 94 years, until it was sold to Lagoon. This property also contains the district's only barn on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally, this house had the most elaborate and intricate gingerbread of any home in the district.