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1927, John J. Whelan. 2435 Kalorama Rd. NW

In two contemporary neighboring houses, Whelan commented on the nature of formal and informal in architecture through the historical precedents of his designs and the manner in which he cut and laid fieldstone on each of them. For developer Malcolm McConihe he designed 2435 Kalorama Road in a currently popular English medieval vernacular revival mode. His asymmetrical composition consists of two gabled wings intersecting at right angles. An enclosed entry porch is nestled next to the front-facing gable, its only striking feature a wide bay window supported and framed by corbeled layers of limestone. Small, asymmetrically placed windows frame, and in one instance are framed by, a massive chimney with a double flue that Whelan used as a major compositional and decorative element.

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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee
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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "House", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DC-01-SK36.

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Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 351-351.

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