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John J. Hemphill Row Houses

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1909, Lemuel Morris. 2108, 2110 Bancroft Pl. NW

The 2100 block of Bancroft Place ( SK53SK60) demonstrates some sympathetic ideals shared by Victorian and Classical Revival architecture at the turn of the century, as well as the bond that existed between grand Beaux-Arts-inspired buildings and the more modest heritage of the Georgian or Colonial Revival. The six houses on the south side of the street, designed by two architects in units of two and four, were intended to be differentiated from one another yet harmonize with their neighbors. Their unity derives from their common classical heritage, scale, and materials. Lemuel Morris's two bowfronts, built for John J. Hemphill, demonstrate how the Georgian Revival drew upon both American Georgian and Federal architectural styles, casually mixing elements from each. Morris's two doorways have fanlights common to the Federal style, but their plastically conceived porches are more Georgian in inspiration. The flat arches and glazed headers set in Flemish bond on 2108 are associated with the Georgian style, while the flat, cast-stone lintels on 2110 and Chippendale-like balustrade are Federal, as is the bowfronted form.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "John J. Hemphill Row Houses", [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, 354-354.

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