The Williams-Gierth House in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, derives its importance in local history in the area of architecture. Constructed in 1892 as a residence for Horace Dickinson Williams, President of the H.D. Williams Cooperage factory, it was later the residence of entrepreneur Charles Gierth. The house’s whimsical conical turrets and dormers, large massing and shingled second story mark the house as one built in the Shingle Style, and was the town’s most eclectic in form. Three examples of the Shingle Style can be found in Poplar Bluff, but the Williams-Gierth House is the largest of these three houses, reflecting the relative wealth of the owner. The Shingle Style is a late Victorian era style of architecture used primarily for single family dwellings and is unique from other Late Victorian ere architectural styles because it is restrained in the use of ornamentation and classical detailing.
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