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259 Villa
Jesse Townsend House, 1886
 259 Villa Jesse Townsend House
Photo Courtesy of the Gifford Park Association
Background
Jesse Anderson Townsend was an Elgin Watch Factory employee who worked his way up from assistant foreman to head of the escape department. This was his original home, built in 1886, by architect and builder Henry Jensen. The style is high victorian eclectic, with decorative terra cotta adorning common yellow brick. The balcony is of the stick style, with a moorish arch of metal rods and wooden cubes forming the latticework effect.

Gifford Park Association
If you would like additional information about this or other historic homes in the Elgin Historic District, please contact the Gifford Park Association;
P.O. Box 928
Elgin, IL 60121

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