McMillan House - Two

Mabillian McMillan created this double house in 1893 at age 31. The building is an excellent example of the full use of a wider lot (28 ½ feet). The two residences share a common wall, and each has its individual entrance. Number 658 includes an upper attic story, whereas 656 is a single story.

The Queen Anne style is defined here by the three-window slanted bay and peaked roof with finials. The building appears to be a single house, with its grand staircase and draped entry porch. Note the stylized quarter sunbursts on the window eaves and the turned droplets. The gabled roof tympanums display carved designs that stylistically match the frieze detail of carved steer heads.

Mabillan lived at 436 Elizabeth while building this house. Records show him residing at 656 Elizabeth in 1894 to 1895; then back to 436 from 1896 to 1897; then at 658 from 1898 to 1905. He may have built many houses on the street, as he is also shown living at what was then 644 Elizabeth from 1907 to 1910. On the 1906 plot map it is recorded that he owned the homes that are now numbered 614 and 614 ½ and 644 Elizabeth and that he had moved to 644 Elizabeth by 1908.

Census documents from 1900 show P. Kelly, born in Ireland in 1870, residing at 656 with his Irish wife who was born in 1875. Tax records show that the property was subsequently transferred from Louisa Pfandler to Joseph Pfandler in 1935.