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Hall House Architectural Details
Photographer: Nate Davidson
Taken: June 23, 2011
Caption: Hall House Architectural Details
Additional Description: Hall House combines several eclectic styles of mid- to late-nineteenth century Victorian architecture, including elements of Queen Anne and Stick.

The spacious wrap-around porch, with its spindle work detailing, is a characteristic feature of the Queen Anne style. It was used throughout the day as a room, as an escape from the heat of indoors, and as a place to retire after dining to socialize with both family and passing neighbors.

Also a feature of the Queen Anne and Stick styles are the multiple ornamental surface textures. Wooden slat siding is combined with patterned rounded edge shingles, plain squared edge shingles, and patterned stick work. During the administration of Governor Michael N. Castle (1985-92), paint analysis was undertaken and the exterior was returned to its original colors.

Other architectural details are the trusses seen under the gables, the brackets under the eaves, and the lattice work on the front porch.

As glassmaking technology improved during the nineteenth century, windows were no longer limited to small pieces of glass glazed into frames. Using glass as a decorative element as opposed to just letting in light, large windows were surrounded by multiple smaller panes.
Submitted: June 25, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland.
Database Locator Identification Number: p158584
File Size: 0.508 Megabytes

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