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August 12th, 2015
Melville S. Cohn House

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4111 Washington Boulevard, Georgian Revival, 1921

The Cohn house is a beautiful example of very formal Georgian Revival architecture. The two-and-a-half story brick home is five bays. The unknown architect designed the house with a central entry pavilion as the visual focal point for the house. The two-story central bay projects slightly from the main block of the house and is topped by a full, gable pediment decorated with block modillions in the raking and horizontal cornices. Below the pediment, on the second-story, is a pair of casement windows with chambranle mounted on a stone sill that connects it to the stonework below. The first floor is dominated by the central front door flanked by sidelights and outlined with a massive, carved limestone surround topped with a segmented arch with returns. The arch is decorated with block modillions and the frieze is carved with a pair of swags. This massive entablature is carried by square, engaged pilasters, topped with Corinthian capitals. Low, stone balustrades line the outside edge of the stone steps leading to the door. On the first story, a pair of six-over-six windows is placed in the bays to each side of the doorway. These have brick, flat arches with limestone keystones and imposts. On the second-story are corresponding sash windows with stone sills and pseudo-balconies of decorative wrought iron. The first and second stories are separated with a stone stringcourse and the corners are decorated with brick quoins. The hip roof has two gable dormers with six-over-six windows that are equal distance from the center of the roof. A brick chimney is placed in the center of the south edge of the roof. The south end of the house has a single story brick sunroom across the length of the house and above is a porch with balustrade to the front half and upstairs sunroom to the back. Melville Cohn was the vice-president of the Meyer-Kiser Bank and a leader in the city’s Jewish community.

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