Horace P. Rugg House 251 Summit Avenue

Construction of the Horace P. Rugg mansion was completed in 1887, at an estimated cost of $24,500. Rugg built his fortune selling railway, plumbing, and pump supplies. Designed by the firm of Hodgson and Stem, the four-story home is built of stone on the first floor, and variegated brick on the second, third, and fourth floors. The porch is built of stone with High Victorian decoration carved into its front face, and two nude women carved into the façade greet you as you ascend the stairs to the porch landing. A curved intricate bay protrudes from the house’s east side, and at its base, is the main entrance.

Inside the home there is an incredible amount of original millwork. The front entrance hall and dining room are finished in oak, with beamed ceilings and high wainscot. The living room is finished with cherry woodwork, and features a huge mantel with glazed tile. The second floor bedrooms feature sycamore and birds-eye maple woods. The detail on the first floor is immaculate with faces carved into the wood, and Rugg’s monogram executed in stone on the fireplace mantel. Like many of the houses in close proximity to the Cathedral, they became property of the Catholic Church, as did this home. It was eventually sold, and now houses three condominiums.

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