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Surmounted with an Arched Pediment

Mr. Hodges Circa 1880 Italianate Style Front Door in Annapolis Maryland June 28th 2016

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I know that at first sight today’s featured photograph is simply of an old door on a house in Annapolis Maryland. True yet upon closer examination it’s actually quite an elaborate one indeed. As a matter of fact there are a number of details in this photograph worth noting and checking out, at least since your tagging along on today’s walk with me.

First of all a bit of background is in order pertaining to the house where this door is located beginning with it was built in the early 1880’s for a Mr. James H. Hodges, a local attorney of that period, who upon its completion lease it out as a single family residence. By the 1920’s, after a couple of subsequent owners, the sizeable house, three stories high and three bays wide, had been renovated into apartments, a use for which it still serves today.

Okay back to the door so lets start with a few details about it as well as the millwork of its surrounding frame. There are four panels set within Mr. Hodges Italianate style door of which the top two are elongated with arched tops, while the bottom two are about half the height of the top ones yet are square. Certainly not all that elaborate indeed though the door appears original to the house thereby making it 135 years old.

However the door frame’s associated millwork, more so at the top, features elaborate detailed accents not often found on framed Victorian period houses in this part of the Historic District. The flanking vertical glass panes are fairly typical, as is the three section transom.  The more elaborate details can be seen in the dentil pattern run above the door itself and more so in the arch shape pediment that is embedded with horizontal oriented carvings.

As an aside other than the predominate black door and corresponding white frame trim an additional color can bee seen on the porch ceiling, painted a light blue hue that is believed to be partially effective in repelling insects. An additional color is also noticeable in the small maroon colored foot mat on the porch floor in front of the door.

Finally, while partially obstructed by the leaves on the hanging tree branch on the right, there is the Eastlake Movement style millwork featuring corner brackets and small turned spindles set above the outer entrance to the porch.

Certainly this post denotes a couple of things about Mr. Hodges 19th century door but then again a photograph, by its nature, tells a story while the words of an artist add perspective.

Have a good day everyone,

Glenn

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