AKA: Nisbet Mansion, Evansville, IN

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Reid Brothers, Architects (firm); James William Reid (architect); Merritt Jonathan Reid (architect)

Dates: constructed 1878-1879

3 stories

310 SE 1st Street
Evansville, IN 47708

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Watkins F. Nisbet (1825-1886), a local merchant in the Mackey-Nisbet Dry Goods Company, a wholesale dry goods business, lived here with his wife, 8 of his 10 offspring and three servants. Nisbet originally contracted for a house design with Henry Boyd and Henry Brickley, Architects, for whom brothers James and Merritt Reid worked. When Boyd and Brickley closed their office, the Reid Brothers stepped in to complete their commissions.

This 3-story, brick residence dated from 1878-1879 before James W. Reid left IN for work on the Coronado Hotel, Coronado, CA, in 1886. It was a notable example of the Second Empire Style.

PCAD id: 17549