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On The Street…Walla Walla, WA

Brother Can You Spare a Quoin?

Brother Can You Spare a Quoin?

What’s a Quoin? It’s the square blocks at the corners of the walls. In this example, although they are a decorative interpretation of what was historically a structural element, they lend a feeling of strength and stability. It’s a design device used quite commonly in Italianate houses.  This is an interesting home also because it is unusual to see a more contemporary metal roof on an Italianate house. I feel it lends an attractive fresh  look to the style. Walla Walla, WA, USA, Italianate, 1915

On The Street…Walla Walla, WA

Unusual Side Gabled Hip Roof

Unusual Side Gabled Hip Roof

I like the way the gable on the porch roof echos the gables on both ends of the hip roof of the house. Note  the very “tight” monochromatic color scheme featuring a variety of greens; from the blue-green of the spruce to the aqua green of the lawn chair, to the greens of the home and trim. Walla Walla, WA, USA. Eclectic, 1900