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Adolphus W. Brower House: Sycamore, Illinois Part 6 February 7, 2008

Posted by dr. gonzo in Architecture, Houses, National Register of Historic Places.

Weary from our journey we return to Sycamore suffering from a case of Republican-icon-overload. Breathe, sigh, we’re back and will be soothed. Soothed by picture perfect Italianate style. At 705 DeKalb Avenue in Sycamore is a high-style example of Italianate in the Adolphus W. Brower House.

1874 – Adolphus W. Brower House

The house featured an original scrollwork porch, which was reflected on the enclosed porch of the rectangular bay on the east side of the house. The porch balustrade (wiki) has been altered sometime since the late 1970s. When the house was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 it was called a postcard perfect example of the style upon its approval, which came Valentine’s Day 1979.

The Brower House is a stunning example of Italianate architecture

Adolphus W. Brower was a well-known hardware merchant in early Sycamore. I am unsure whether he was any relation to prominent Sycamore attorney Floyd E. Brower, whose home was discussed previously. Unfortunately, the National Register documentation for the Adolphus Brower House is not yet available online or I would have linked you to it.

Other Sycamore Posts
*Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Online Resources
*Adolphus W. Brower House: Old Photos (NRHP archive) – 1978: 1, 2, 3, 4, Interior – stairs, mantle, fireplace Pre-1978 (undated)

Tomorrow we stick around the area and investigate Prairie style architecture in DeKalb.


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