A majority of the buildings surveyed in the district were residential. Most of the buildings were designed by craftsmen utilizing a limited number of floor plans and design elements. A range in scale and detail are found among single-family dwellings, for houses were built for working families as well as commercial and professional leaders. Very few buildings in the town were designed by professional architects or engineers before the mid-twentieth century. Most builders relied upon local vernacular architectural traditions. Some buildings were, however, influenced by nationally published designs from magazines or books and adapted for the locality by the owner or builder.
An example of a typical regional dwelling is the one-story frame Bandy House [Slide 19] on Lee Street, seen on the top, in which a pair of rooms flank a central passage or entry hall. Laboring families often occupied small, one- or two-room, frame buildings of this type. More prosperous families often built a two-story version of this house type, such as the Cartmell T. Brown House on Progress Street, seen on the bottom.
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