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1908, Albert H. Beers. 2112–2118 Bancroft Pl. NW

Beers designed these four houses for developer Harry Wardman. All flat fronts, they explore the richness of the Georgian tradition through varied fenestration patterns on their main stories, dormers, and miscellaneous details. Their breadth comes from the use of steel beams, employed in most of the well-constructed houses carried out under Wardman's aegis. The eclecticism demonstrated here, although not as flamboyant as that of the Victorian era, owes its existence to the earlier period. Young turn-of-the-century architects were conscious that diverse contemporaneous styles should harmonize with one another, and they generally believed that the abstract elements of design—scale, proportion, balance—regardless of style, would achieve this goal.

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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee
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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Row Houses", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DC-01-SK54.

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Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 355-355.

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