Peter Paul II, a stonecutter from England, built this Federal style house in 1816. The window frames, in which wooden pegs were used in place of nails, and shutters are original. The Greek Revival recessed doorway was added in the mid-1800s. Carolyn Reading Hammer, and later with her husband Victor Hammer who was a renowned Austrian artist, owned the house from 1953 to 1984. New owners in 1985 were responsible for extensive renovation as well as an addition to the back of the house designed by architectural historian Clay Lancaster. The giant gingko tree is said to have been planted by Henry Clay.