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This example of Jacobethan Revival architectural style, the Glossbrenner Mansion at 3202 N. Meridian St., is about to be listed for sale.

ahq-history03-15col.jpg the Glossbrenner Mansion at 3202 N. Meridian St. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

The house was built in 1910 by Alfred Glossbrenner, president of banking journal and book publisher Levey Bros. Publishing Co. His widow sold the house in the mid-1940s to Dr. Joseph Walther, who launched the now-defunct Winona Hospital behind the mansion around 1950 and later started Walther Cancer Foundation.

The foundation vacated the property and donated it to Indiana Landmarks in 2010. The first hospital, which was attached to the house and had become dilapidated, has been demolished.

Jacobethan style of 15th and 16th century England enjoyed an American revival in the early 20th century. In addition to substantial exterior masonry, the look is marked by Tudor arches and a heavy masculine flavor in the interior woodwork and fireplaces.

A flurry of mansion construction occurred along North Meridian Street south of 38th Street in the early part of the century, and the Glossbrenner Mansion is among the few that were not replaced by institutional buildings or apartments.•

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