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Early 20th Century Dutch Colonial Architecture

Two Ladders Atop an Original 1913 Gambrel Style Sheet Metal Roof in the Annapolis Maryland Historic District on March 15th 2017

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As the sounds of the morning traffic began to echo across the Historic District, seemingly earlier than normal or perhaps its just that I haven’t adjusted to the change in daylight savings time, I found myself detouring off the more heavily traveled streets of central Annapolis to revisit a very small tucked away neighborhood comprised of early 20th century residences. In addition I was also curious as to how noticeable the tree buds were becoming since the area itself is known for its diverse assortment of shrubbery and trees.

Well as I turned on to the street it was evident that not much was happening on the tree bud front, and bushes or flowers for that matter. The weather has been fairly strange this winter and what with 60 and 70 degree days over the past couple of weeks and the windchill this morning being in the mid teens it is not surprising that the trees are confused as well.

In any event I happened to stop in front of this fabulous example of early 20th century Dutch Colonial residential architecture for both a sip of coffee and an opportunity to examine its design elements a bit more closely. First of all it was nice to see that the house’s current owners continue to maintain the presence of its original sheet metal Gambrel style roof, for thirty years ago it was covered by asphalt shingles, that together certainly partners well with the structure’s Dutch Colonial style.

Actually it was while taking in the house’s distinctive roofline that I caught sight of the two sections of wooden ladders laying atop the front upper section of the roof. While there seemed to be no sign of any maintenance work underway pertaining to the roof at this time I seemed to remember that I have seen these same ladders there before in years past.

Ladders aside the seams of the 1913 metal roof appear as straight and true as perhaps on the day when they were first set down and there did not seem to be even one of the decorative metal snow guards missing along either front sections of the roof.  Oh and from this front elevation perspective note the short stature of the two flanking chimneys in relationship to the peak of the roofline, which itself is quite indicative of the Dutch Colonial residential design.

So while it was nice to momentarily find refuge from the noise of the morning traffic, as well as be able to take in the details of a unique looking early 20th century house, it appears that this spring’s tree buds are certainly in for a challenge.

Have a good day everyone,

Glenn

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