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Scott B. Appleby, Jr., House

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1925, Laurence P. Johnston. 2501 30th St. NW
  • (Photo by Andrew Hope)

This stately late Beaux-Arts mansion was erected in limestone by the Metropolitan Construction Company for $40,000, a significant sum in 1925. Its stylistic references to late Italian Renaissance palace forms, a two-story, flat-roofed rectangular block, are reinforced by the structural vocabulary of a rusticated ground story, quoins outlining second-story edges (projecting wings on the front and sides that are two bays wide), and a balustrade around the building's entire perimeter. Other strongly Neo-Renaissance aspects are the regularly spaced rectangular windows framed by segmental pediments on the ground story and flat lintels on the second story and the Palladian window above the entrance. The architect's statement of the house's individual character is most evident on the side elevations, where narrow two-story projections set close to the corners read as bay windows (lit from the sides by very narrow openings) when viewed from the ends but as extensions of the house's main volumes when viewed from the front.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Scott B. Appleby, Jr., House", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 392-392.

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