Completed in 1891, the Victorian-era mansion of real estate developer John Piece offers an exquisite example of Romanesque architecture. The Pierce family built this home for $80,000 but quickly had to sell it when The Panic of 1893 led to the destruction of their fortune.
Backstory and Context
Peirce owed money to Mr. Barbour and the abstract for Peirce's mansion revealed that a warranty deed transferring title to William Barbour was drawn up on December 17, 1900, nineteen days before Barbour was known to hold the "winning ticket". As a result, the lottery had most likely been fixed.