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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

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Gatehouse Fort Walla Walla

Gatehouse Fort Walla Walla

This is the gatehouse of what was Fort Walla Walla . The property is now the Veterans Administration Hospital.  Regardless for which institution this structure guards the gate, it does it in style. Note, the slate roof, copper downspout and gracefully  carver stone  cap. Walla Walla, WA, USA, Classical 1895

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Queen Anne House Walla Walla

Queen Anne House Walla Walla

Horror Vacui

The Victorians often ascribed to a design idea that is  sometimes  unfairly described as “horror vacui” (fear of the empty.) The smart owner of this property is perhaps playing with that idea in their use of a generous amount of embellishments. Regardless, the result is a personal and effective expression of a design concept. Walla Walla, WA, USA. Queen Anne, 1895