Address: 1-5 East High Street & Public Square
Architectural Style: Italianate
Year Built: c. 1880s
Architect/Builder: Unknown
Original Owner: Unknown

Located on the north corner where East High Street terminates at the Public Square, this three-story brick building is an example of Italianate architecture.  The building was likely built sometime in the late-1870s to mid-1880s, possibly for the Taugher family, and housed Taughers' Drugstore in the western commercial unit along the Public Square for nearly 60 years.  Warner Terry, a prominent figure in Mount Vernon's mercantile circle during the mid-19th century, likely owned the building around that time.  Rather than facing the Public Square, the main entrance faces East High Street, which was originally intended to be the main street through the center of the city.  The truncated hip roof provides a wide overhanging cornice, typical of Italianate architecture, supported by pairs of large, decorative brackets.  The windows are covered with bracketed hoodmolds with low pediments, all of which was added sometime after the period of construction, based on historic photographs.

 


 

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