The Handsome and Commodious Suburban Residence of Mr. Thomas Cisler Completed.
At the invitation of Thomas Cisler, Esq., brick manufacturer of this city, a Register representative was shown through his elegant residence just completed, and which will be occupied after May 1st by Mr. Cisler's family.
Going in a carriage we followed an encircling road on an easy incline and were brought up to the building, which has a good elevation being but a little below the residences of Louis Goeble, Esq., and Beman Gates, Esq.
The surroundings of Mr. Cisler's new home are all that could be desired, commanding as it does the view of three valleys and high hills, and below his extensive brick works, which are a leading feature of our industries. Three terraces, semi-circular in form, of red clay covered with nice sod, which at present is covered with small wild flowers, presenting spring in all her glory, lay just in front of the residence.
The building is of brick, manufactured by Mr. Cisler, contains ten rooms, and has many modern conveniences and is strictly modern in style. Mr. A. Morris is the architect and superintendent and may well feel proud of his plan which was adopted.
The building is two stories high with a large attic enclosed by a heavy slate roof which forms gables here and there the valleys of which are handsomely and skillfully filled with designs, which naturally remind one of a Queen Ann or a Kate Greenaway cottage finish. The plan of the house is as follows: The front elevation of fifty feet in width is taken up on the right of a handsome hall of 12 x 25 ft. by double parlors about 15 x 30 ft. which are connected by sliding doors and finished in natural cherry, oiled and varnished, with pine doors. Each parlor opens into the large and elegant hall and from the back parlor a door leads to a large veranda on the east side. In each parlor is a large mantle of natural wood, within which is a tile border, which also forms the hearth. William Harris & Son did all the wood work of the house, and deserved praise is due them for the way in which they have carried out their work throughout. On the left of the hall in front is the large and cheerful dining room 15 x 20 feet with a bay window on the west side. Back of the dining room is the pantry from which a door leads into a large and convenient kitchen 17 x 20, which is the only room on the first floor finished in white pine, all the others with the hall being finished with natural cherry and varnished. From a door in the dining room we passed out to a large veranda on the west side from which we were taken into Mr. Cisler's office, a neat room 9 x 11 ft. in the northwest corner of the house.
We then proceeded to the hall, not one of these little narrow dark halls often seen in houses, but large and elegantly finished in natural wood, and inclosed in front with large double doors, French plate panels, faced on the inside with natural cherry and on the outside with black walnut elegantly carved. (These doors were exhibited in Stanley & Grass' windows some time ago.) A beautiful staircase on one side and toward the back helps to adorn the hall and deserves special mention on account of the novel design and beauty of the trimmings.
With an easy tread of a few steps we found ourselves on the second floor where were to be seen three large bed rooms 15 x 15 and one 17 x 20, all nicely finished in white pine and varnished. On the same floor is a bath room 9 x 11 ft., near which are the back stairs leading to the kitchen. The mantles of the rooms on the second floor are all of wood in neat designs. The chimneys of the house are made in such a way as to shed water and with iron caps cannot crumble from exposure to the weather. The basement is used partly for a laundry and the rest for cellars and coal rooms.
Gas pipes lead to every room in the house, and if not before we strike natural gas, surely then, he will introduce gas for light in his new home.
C. C. Wagner, employed by Harris & Son, got out all the wood work and Charles Baker and Conrad Saner put up the same. L. R. Moore is the painter and by the skillful use of the brush has added greatly to the beauty of the building.
Mr. Cisler has spent considerable money on his home and surroundings and has now one of the finest residences and grounds in this community, and will with his family of a wife and three children, we trust, enjoy many years of happy life in it. They will furnish the entire house with elegant and useful household goods.
Mr. Cisler takes just pride in this new evidence of his prosperity and will welcome his many friends who may enjoy a visit to his surroundings.