Harris was the guiding force of Harris and Cole Bros., a
company which made wooden pumps. The first factory was located
on the mill race west of Main Street (the present Broom
Factory Restaurant). The house was built in the Queen Anne
style with a beautiful carved staircase, five different
types of woodwork, a two-story porch on the front of the
home and a Gothic watchtower. The third floor contained
a large ballroom.
When the house
was built, it occupied the whole 600 block of West 12th
Street. It is rather likely the two-story porch or portico
on the front of the house is of later origin.
This home was
sold to Frank Cotton, the builder of the Cotton Theater
(now the Oster Regent Theater). It was later converted into
apartments and then to the Christie or the Lawn City Convalescent
Home. Currently, it has been restored as a private residence.