George Washington Chase, builder of the house at 614 N. 7th, was the founder
of the Chase Candy Company. A native of Vermont, he came to St. Joseph in
1877, and joined a firm of fruit merchants and confectioners on Market Square.|
He became senior partner sometime later and the business was later run by his
son, Ernest, and his grandson, Charles. The business was sold by family interest in 1943,
but continues in operation to this day under the name of Chase
Candy Co., and still produces the famous Cherry Mash candy bar.
The Chase-McClain House, 614 N. 7th, a Second Empire style residence
for the 1870's, was built for Dr. George Washington Chase, the founder
of the Chase Candy Company. Although it is not a mansion in size, it was
constructed as a stately residence with many special architectural features.
Projecting from the mansard roof, the wall dormers on the second story are
covered by either semi-circular hoods or triangular pediments, with engaged
pilasters flanking the windows. The windows are four over four light
and appear to be original.
On the first story there is a bay window on
the east side of the house. The main roof and the bay window cornices
contain heavily detailed brackets. The windows in the bay, which are
attenuated and form an arcade motif, are separated by cabled, engaged
columns with a panelled frieze above. The small raised one story porch
on the south side is supported by one Tuscan column and has dentils be
neath the cornice.