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Address: 304 East Gambier Street
Architectural Style: Italianate; Art-Nouveau
Year Built: 1852, portico c. 1940
Architect/Builder: James Reagth
Original Owner: Unknown

Levi Barnes Ward and Mary Freeman Ward were a prominent pioneer family in Mount Vernon. Mr. Ward was successfully engaged in Mount Vernon’s mercantile business. Ward purchased this home in 1864 from its builder, James Reagth, who had originally bought the land in 1851 from Ward. The home remained in the Ward family from 1864 to 1943, when Levi’s grandson, Pratt Ward, sold the dwelling to Howard and Leora Webster. Howard Webster was a descendant of Noah Webster, creator of The Webster Dictionary. 

This Italianate structure includes three three-pane windows in the frieze. The structure likely possessed a cupola which has since been removed. The Art Nouveau entryway was added sometime after 1910.