Henry May Keim House
The Henry May Keim house at 245 N. 5th Street in Reading, Pennsylvania is attributed to Frank Furness. It was built in 1886 and still stands. In fact, if you’re so inclined you can purchase the house.
From Frank Furness: The Complete Works by G.E. Thomas, J.A. Cohen, and M.J. Lewis:
"The asymetrical composition, broad band course of stone across the facade, and the immense, overscaled, floral carved brackets are the hallmarks of the Furness manner in the mid-1880s. Similar brackets were used on the Robert M. Lewis house of 1886."
Henry M. Keim most likely was in contact with Furness via his brother, George DeBennville Keim III. George was a lawyer, responsible for the Reading Railroad’s real estate purchases and later acted as President of the company. He worked closely with Franklin B. Gowen who was responsible for many Furness projects both railroad and personal. In addition to this business link he was, with Furness, a member of the exclusive Rittenhouse Club.