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Dr. M. S. Fealty House

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1935, John Joseph Earley. 2911 W St. SE
  • Dr. M. S. Fealty House

Earley's Art Deco Fealty house is atypical of its neighborhood but notable both for the quality of its modern design and the use of the Washington-based architect's own patented method of precast concrete slab wall construction. Earley's system was designed to have particularly thin walls built by imbedding steel rods in 2-by-4-inch wood studs set sideways. Exterior concrete wall panels and doors were decorated with colorful and often elaborate mosaic patterns. Earley's architectural vocabulary depended on primary geometric forms with large circular and square windows centered in prefabricated panels manufactured by the Earley Process Corporation located in Washington. The simplicity of his designs and prefabricated system, often employed on small, single-story houses, did not compromise either aesthetic or construction quality.

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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee
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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Dr. M. S. Fealty House", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DC-01-SE08.

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Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 276-278.

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