This two-story brick Colonial Revival house was built in 1918 by J.M. McCanless, a successful businessman and son of Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless. The house remained in the family until 1984 when McCanless’ daughter Claire Dawson died, though her husband Clayton lived there until the 90s. The house’s rectangular shape, its symmetry and its hipped roof are typical of the Foursquare houses that predominate on West Thomas Street, though the J. M. McCanless House is distinguished by its Colonial style detailing. The granite window sills and lintels and brick quoining add visual interest to the house and are repeated on the two-story garage in back of the house.
In the 1920’s, Mrs. Agnes Weant taught kindergarten for the children of nearby neighbors in the upstairs room of the garage. Today, that room is an elaborately decorated ‘man cave.' The interior of the house retains much of its original woodwork with the staircase being of particular interest.
Photo by Erin Comerford Photography