I’m a sucker for a well-turned Ionic column, so it figures that I’d regard the Bowley-Small House as one of the loveliest in town. But I’m not alone. This Federal-style gem has attracted many admirers, with its double facade, veil of wisteria, trellised front portico, acutely angled ell, charming wall of bird houses, and side portico with perpendicular column capitals. The boxy form, hip roof and central chimney suggest late 18th- or early 19th-century construction. It was standing by 1836. In the 20th century, it belonged to the Adams-Cook family, proprietors of Adams Pharmacy. Norman Cook Jr., the son of Jennie (Adams) Cook, lived here with his wife, Dorothy “Dot” (Evans) Cook. The house was acquired in 2003 by Lisa Tate, Anna Tate, and John Tate III, children of the potter Brita Margareta Moberg Tate.
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