819 S. West St.
Nathan Breed, Architect
This building was designed in 1882 by architect Nathan Breed, who used it
as home and office. It had the distinction of being the oldest home in the
city designed by an architect for his own use. The house was a good
local representation of the Italianate style, which was common in the late
19th Century but had few examples left in the city. The building had been
close to being razed at least twice since 1990. Its owner saved the
historic home both times by having it declared a local protected site and
promising to renovate it.
On the evening of Saturday, October 5th, 2002, a
"suspicious" fire severely damaged the Nathan Breed house. City
officials declared it unsafe and it was demolished the following Monday.