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Captain Spencer S. Wood House (Westwood)
This short dead-end street boasts two examples of early-twentieth-century cottage design popularized in catalogs and periodicals. First is a cottage built for a Washington, D.C., resident, who chose for her summer house one of Sears, Roebucks' larger “precut” models known as the Aladdin. It is high and boxy, covered by a single gable with clipped corners at either end and an appended room-sized porch along one side. Diamond-shaped panes enliven its casement windows in the seventeenth-century colonial manner (out of medieval tradition), and the upper sash of most of its double-hung windows in the Queen Anne Revival manner (some of these have been replaced). Next door is a luxurious shingled bungalow with square-timbered porch supports and a long shed dormer, built for a navy captain (eventually rear admiral). The plans derive from Gustav Stickley's The Craftsman, the leading organ of the early twentieth-century Arts and Crafts Movement. Its most remarkable exterior feature is the exposed
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