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Victorian splendor is on Sunday home tour

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Part 1 of 4

At 714 N. Meridian St. stands a vintage beauty. The Queen Anne is the residence of Stephen and Julie Paul and their 3 children Sarah, Emily and Logan.

The 2,500 sq. ft. rambling abode provides a wonderful home for a busy family. Purchased by the Pauls in 2003 they have maintained yesterday's mellow spirit while lacing it with today's conveniences.

Originating from England, this style is a blend of informal 18th century English architecture and earlier medieval motifs. It is characterized by elaborateness and symmetry, both inside and out.

Timeless qualities are found everywhere. The classic towering turrent is its crown jewel. The front pillared porch with dentil trim and original wood-planked flooring hints of the comforts and pleasures within.

To Victorian homeowners the entryway was both a guest's first glimpse of the interior, and a golden opportunity to establish the status, respectability and genteel good taste of all who dwelt within. The Paul's home is no exception. The richly appointed entryway with its gleaming wood and secret "Harry Potter" closet makes exactly the sort of first impression of prosperity and abundance Victorians liked.

Discover classic detail as you wander from room to room in this two-story charmer. Features of the home include natural and period woodwork, pocket doors, hardwood floors, built in china cabinet and a Birdseye maple built-in bookcase.

Like the Pauls' this slice of history will surely capture affections. You don't have to be a lover of the old to appreciate the richness and aged quality of this beautiful home.

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