The design of this Queen Anne house is probably drawn from the work of George F. Barber, who sold blueprints of his house designs through the mail and marketed them through his catalogs. A design similar to this house appeared in the first issue of Barber’s monthly magazine, American Homes, published in 1895. The same plan appeared later as design 58B in Barber’s catalog New Modern Dwellings and How Best to Design Them, issued around 1896. The two-story clapboard house is asymmetrical, with a steeply pitched hipped roof intersected by gabled dormers. It gains its distinctive character from a pair of extraordinary Eastlake porches: a wrap-around veranda on the ground story, and an inset porch with a curved oblong profile at the upper level. The house’s many elegant details include octagonal shingles in the gable ends, scroll brackets, C-shaped braces, spindles, and a leaded, beveled-glass transom above the front window. Among the house’s original details inside are a graceful staircase with a tulip design carved into the newel post, French doors leading to the front parlor, a built-in china cabinet, and an ornate fireplace mantel.
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Fred and Julia Bloor House
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