(29) Nichols' Sanitorium

Built: 1917

Address: 206 North 16th Street

Across the street to the west, on the hill overlooking the town, is the 1907 Lutheran Hospital. Originally constructed for Dr. Perry Nichols as a Cancer Sanitorium, the building was sold to the Lutheran Hospital Association in 1917. Hence, the date on the building does not relate to the construction. 

Reminiscent of castle construction, the building has round towers at the corner of each front facade. The most obvious design treatment is the crenelated roof line or battlements. I more detail the solid piece of stone in the battlement is called merlon and the interval is called a crenel. Dentils are found along the cornice with a central decorative element being the highest point on the building.