designed as a showpiece; it sits at a prominent location on Cumberland Road, where its impressive stairway (complete with lily pond) steps up to huge Ionic columns upholding the portico. Many of the architectural details found here (such as the extended eave with dentils) are ideas borrowed from the house the same architect used in a 1911 Irvington home that Clarissa Inman had lived in.
* Clarissa Inman invented the electric curling iron.
Just downhill from here is the understated but important D. C. Burkes House (1948, 700 NW Rapidan Terrace, Pietro Belluschi). It was designed to take advantage of the site's view while maintaining its privacy, so it doesn't have a lot of street presence. The L-shaped residence is a pioneering work of Northwest Regionalism. It has a flat, overhanging roof, lots of natural wood textures, horizontal massing, and an open interior layout. Belluschi himself ended up moving into it twenty-four years after its completion, and he maintained residence in it until his death in 1994.