The house is situated on the north side of East Smith Street. The lot to the west originally contained the Bereiter gazebo and orchard but is now the location of the Masonic Temple. Mill Creek and Earthworks Park are across the street from the house. The house and its landscaped grounds are a showplace in Kent.
The two-story wood frame structure with clapboard exterior has a hip roof with exposed rafters, with two hipped roof dormers are on the east side of the house. The house has 1,940 sq. ft. on the first floor, 1,635 sq. ft. on the second floor, for a total of 3,575 sq. ft. The third floor has approximately 800 sq. ft. and was used as a game area; one room had a pool table and the other was a card room. A small basement is large enough only for the hot water boiler that heated the house, which had twelve radiators.
The house has ten foot ceilings and is listed as a fifteen room house: eight on the first floor; five on the second floor; and two on the third, or attic floor.
The first and second floors have plaster walls and ceilings. The third floor and the first floor office have stained wood paneling. The first floor office also has wood paneling. All of the rooms have hardwood flooring, with fir wood trim.
There is one fireplace in the living room, with inglenook benches on each side that open to store wood.Doors and windows have simple molded trim. Most windows are double-hung and have leaded glass in their upper sashes. The front (south) façade has two oriel windows, one at each corner of the second floor. Thirteen corbel brackets support each oriel window.
A plain railing encloses the 965 sq. ft. of front of porch space on the house. The eight-foot wide entrance porch extends from the southeast corner to the center of the west façade with a set of Doric columns supporting the porch roof. The main entry with a carved door and two flush sidelights, sits in the center of the front porch.
The second story has an open porch which overlooks downtown Kent.
Behind the house is a shed (9 x 12 ft.), which was used to store wood and coal. The building has a hip roof with exposed rafters, clapboard siding, and plain corner boards.
The carriage house (18 x 18 ft.). It has a gable roof with
exposed rafters and a dormer on the south side. The exterior is covered with
plain boards with trim made of rough sawn lumber. There is also an
overhead loft inside the carriage house.
The museum will be closed on November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We will be open again on November 26.