Frank L. Skeels Home

This mansion was built in 1886, for attorney Frank L. Skeels at a cost of $12,000. The architect was Ebenezer B. Saxton. This elaborate Queen Anne-style home features a cut stone foundation, 12-foot ceilings, seven fireplaces and cherry woodwork. It took 13 months to complete. Skeels used his inheritance from his uncle, Henry C. Lewis, to afford such opulence. Frank Skeels died in 1891, at the age of 45, and his widow sold the home to William A. Coombs, owner of three flour mills. The carriage house was sold and modified into an apartment house.