Address: 3920 Cuming Street
Year Built: 1885
Style: Queen Anne
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 3/11/1976
Samuel D. Mercer, a prominent medical professional and real estate developer, built a large residence for his family in the Walnut Hill neighborhood northwest of downtown. This was an area that Mercer also platted for use as a streetcar subdivision. Mercer’s twenty-three room mansion, built in 1885, is a notable example of the Queen Anne style with a variety of ornamentation, a mix of colors and textures, an asymmetrical plan, and irregular massing. Mercer spared few expenses in his rambling home. Cherry, mahogany, oak, and black walnut provided interior woodwork and a large square tower on the exterior dramatically announced the building’s prestige to visitors and passersby. After thirty-five years of occupation by members of the Mercer family, the home was sold in 1920 and converted to apartments.