1108 Charles Street
This 2½-story frame dwelling is a plain yet stately version of the Queen Anne style. It is a late example of a style that was very popular nationally beginning in the mid-1870s. The most telltale feature is its prominent three-story corner turret. It is crowned by a six-sided bell-shaped roof that has a gold ball on top. Successful local druggist, H. Hoomes Johnston, contracted to have the house built in 1893. The front porch has a central projecting section with ornamental scrollwork in its entablature and is supported by slender Tuscan order columns and pilasters. Nestled in the center of the façade is a set of double leaf wood panel doors topped by a single light transom window. The entire residence is sheathed with German siding and sports large, single-pane, double-hung sash windows. What other colorful ways does the house express itself? Stained glass borders in its windows.
This year’s Candlelight Tour Ornament is inspired by the architecture of 1108 Charles Street. Available for purchase at the Candlelight Tour Gift Shop or after the tour at hffi.org/shop.