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A Quite Unique 1915 Shingle Style House With a Myriad of Architectural Features in Annapolis Maryland June 27th 2016

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While I’m sure that to certain architectural historians the myriad of design elements visible, at least across the front of this 1915 Shingle style house, might seem excessive or even over the top if you would. Actually for many years I too have held varied opinions about the design complexities of this house, including its perhaps frantic looking facade and roof as well as its east Prairie School extension – not visible for the most part in the photograph above. However the conclusion that I have come to is this unique residence is best appreciated one section at a time. So on today’s walk I have chosen to take in the main or cottage section of this house from across the front.

Here from a northwest perspective one can appreciate both the more traditional, as well bell curved, slate Gambrel roofs that together introduce a Dutch Colonial aspect to the house’s appearance as seen from the street. Of course stone walls are seldom used on that style of house, however they do contribute to the cottage like section of the house’s sense of mass. Also contributing to it are the multiple porch roof columns, that by themselves appear disproportionate both in quantity – threes and twos from outside to inside respectively, as well as in proximity.

Examining the front of this house a little closer it is apparent the width of the front door is oversized, considering the overall width of the cottage section itself, and features a fan or eye brow like transom matching the door’s width as well. The two front dormers appear proportionate, both in their size and position, yet are topped by oversized pediment caps.

Finally the shallow depth of the front porch, flanked by short stone walls, also contributes to this house’s sense of mass. The same could be said for the depth of the front yard, itself enclosed by a stone and wrought iron fence, that is shallow and seems even more so with the mature bushes set inside the fence.

So after a number of years I now find that this Annapolis 1915 Shingle style house has begun to grow on me, architecturally speaking, and can be best appreciated one section at a time, its overall uniqueness aside. Perhaps later this Summer I’ll focus on the house’s rounded tower and onion dome like roof on the left side bump out.

Thanks for following along with me today and have a great week,

Glenn

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