John W. Crooke, Sr. House

John W. Crooke, Sr. House

MASW-6
516 West Main Street, Richmond
ca. 1861

The Crooke House, which has subtle Italianate details, is one of Richmond’s better examples of a T-plan house. A one-story porch with a paneled frieze board and a polygonal bay window on the projecting gable wall identify this two-story frame residence. The porch, recessed on the east end, spans three of the four bays of the front, one of which is the entrance. Narrow sidelights and a transom frame the doorway. The one-over-one sash windows are also narrow and, on the first story, elongated and paneled below the sills. Just below the overhanging eaves extend paired brackets, a typical element in Italianate styling. Two interior corbelled chimneys pierce the gable roof.

Built for John W. Crooke, Sr., the house was also the residence for many years of John W. Crooke, Jr., a local bank officer. They were the descendants of the earlier Madison County surveyor of the same name.