146 S. STATE STREET
146 S. State Street was built in 1882 for retired dry goods merchant, Thomas Todd and his wife, Anna. Todd and Anna were natives of Scotland. Both immigrated to the United States with Todd arriving with his family in 1836 and Anna arriving in 1848. They married in 1853. By 1870, Thomas’ worth in real estate was around $25,000, which would worth a half a million today. An addition at the rear was constructed in 1890 for $2,000 (roughly $36,000 today).
Thomas and Anna had several children including Jennie, Grace, Daniel and Alice. Their son, Daniel, is listed as a chocolate merchant in the City’s Directories. Thomas passed away in 1913, and Anna preceded him.
146 S. State Street is an excellent example of the Italianate Style which dominated American houses from 1850 to 1880. Characteristics of this style that can be found at 146 S. State Street include the use of masonry, its low-pitched front-gabled roof with wide over-hanging eaves and ornate support brackets, and tall, narrow windows with flattened arches. The one-story front porch is a typical Italianate Style feature with square posts beveled at the corners topped with decorative brackets. Another unique feature is its paired door entryway with an elaborate transom above.
Sources: Steve Stroud: There Used to Be; Audio: TextAloud