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...affects the Nearby Houses, too.
The Walter McLucas House with Its Back Toward Ward Parkway.
Walter McLucas was a banker at Commerce Trust at various times between 1900 and 1930. This house was constructed for him just before World War I. It is interesting because the lot on which it sits faces Ward Parkway, but the house is oriented toward 57th Street Terrace. The result is that the McLucas house actually sits with its back to Ward Parkway. To be fair, the northwestern facade is designed with a porch that gives something of the impression that the house faces the intersection. Nichols was quite insistent in company literature that houses on corners present attractive views from any angle. The Nichols Company retained the right to approve [or disapprove] all building plans of residents on lots bought directly from the company.
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