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Mitchell House


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Mitchell House


Charles Mitchell House is one of the most noteworthy cobblestone houses in Paris and is considered builder Levi Boughton's best work[1]. Built in the 1840s, it merged the distinctive cobblestone style with Greek Revival architecture[2]. Its evenly-rounded cobblestones are said to have been collected by Mitchell himself, and are arrayed in an attractive, slightly slanted pattern[3]; the cobblestones' regular, stippled design mediates the otherwise grand look of the Doric columns, cornices, and porch[4].

A later side addition from 1885, built as a doctor's office[5], retains the original style and blends in well with the original building[6]. It marks one of the last constructions in the cobblestone style[7].

Notes

[1] Chapple, 80
[2] Ashenburg, 107
[3] Chapple, 80
[4] Ashenburg, 107
[5] Ashenburg, 108
[6] Brant, 14
[7] Ashenburg, 108

References

Ashenburg, Katherine. (1996). Going to Town. Toronto: Macfarlane Walter & Ross.
Chapple, Nina. (2006). A Heritage of Stone: Buildings of Niagara, St. Catharines, the Hamilton Escarpment, Paris, Cambridge, Waterloo County, Guelph, Fergus and Elora and St. Marys. Toronto: Lorimer.
County of Brant. (n.d.) County of Brant Heritage Driving Tour. Retrieved January 11, 2010, from here.