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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Post Card Tuesday: Hewett Home

The most noticable feature of this Greek Revival mansion is the monumental pedimented portico. The central original part of the building was built in the 1830s as a female academy. Later, it was turned into a private residence and the portico was added. When Austin Hewitt died in 1921, he willed his estate to become a ladies retirement home, and was then enlarged.

Listed on the National Register of historic places.

Austin Hewitt House

When comparing a modern photo to the most card, the most noticeable change is the color of the exterior. The front lawn with trees and a sidewalk has been replaced with a parking lot. Awnings have been added to each lower floor window. Otherwise, a lot has stayed the same. The Post card calls this the Hewett Home for Old Ladies. Hewitt is misspelled on the card.

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