An arch designed by H. H. Richardson that once surrounded Henry Adams's kitchen window has been much narrowed and now outlines the main door at 2618 31st Street; the entrance arch of the Adams house (slightly narrowed) now frames the garage door. These elements were salvaged when the adjoining Hay and Adams houses, built 1884–1885 on Lafayette Square, were demolished in 1927 to make way for the hotel that bears their names. Together these arches were determining factors in the design of Horace Peaslee's picturesque one-and-a-half-story suburban residence, where housing the automobile is at least symbolically more important than providing for humans. His compact, asymmetrical composition is dominated by steep, slate-covered gabled and hip roofs that shelter the light brown stuccoed walls and blend nicely with the intricately carved sandstone of the Richardsonian fragments.
You are here
Dr. W. Calhoun Sterling House
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.