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Homsey Architects

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1960–1962, Samuel and Victorine Homsey. 2003 N. Scott St.
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  • Homsey Architects (W. Barksdale Maynard)

Architecturally, this is the most interesting architects' office in the state, for almost half a century home to a prominent firm. The Homseys, who lived in a top floor apartment, had a sensitive feeling for architectural materials, using stone from a pre-existing retaining wall and wood to add a human touch to the International Style, structure-revealing design of concrete, steel, and glass. The artfully designed Cartesian composition of the front facade repays careful study: each floor is different (columns on the first level suggest weight-bearing; above comes progressively more glass) and horizontals and verticals are thoughtfully juxtaposed. The translucent, honeycomb front door, of “Panelux” plastic materials in a mahogany frame, is one the Homseys saw advertised in a trade journal and ordered from its Florida manufacturer, Monostructure Inc.

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W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Homsey Architects", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 141-141.

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