Richard House – Bessie

The Richard House is a one-story wood-framed L-plan house with a gabled roof and an L-shaped porch set in the angle of the wings. The walls are sheathed in channel rustic siding, with diamond-pattern shingles in the gable ends. Ornament includes gable braces with sunburst patterns, lathed porch posts with jigsaw brackets and bracketed window hoods. The interior has been remodeled. J. F. Rufner purchased the property in March, 1892. There is no record of Rufner having lived here. Lewis A. Whitley, a farmer, is listed in city directories at this address prior to 1920. William E. Richard began renting the house in 1920, and purchased it from Rufner in 1922, retaining ownership until 1963. Richard was an employee of the Ralston Purina Co. The house is a good example of a recurring type.

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