|The George L. Bidwell House, Adrian, MI. 1863 Photo: Wikimedia|
Two outstanding features of this house are the central window and the cornice. The central window is triple arched with the central section being taller than the flanking sections. This window arrangement is found on many Italianates and is one of the special features of this style that lived on in Second Empire construction. To me, this window suggests later Italianate construction and was a feature that appeared in the late 1850s early 1860s (cf the Backus house). The large central window is balanced by an arch above the central bay in the cornice. The cornice itself has very elaborate double s-scroll brackets that are heavily ornamented with foliage and is uniquely of the undulating type, which is very rare on detached houses outside of large cities. The way the undulation interacts with the central arch, I must say, is a little clumsy, making a shape that reminds me of Batman's symbol. The cornice is further ornamented with a board cut in a flat top trefoil arch. The whole is topped by a hip roof and a cupola. This house is probably one of the best representations of the architecture of the 1860s I have seen. The coloring of the house seems very appropriate as well. Overall, the house is a beautiful example that seems to have a lot of its features intact.