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Mortimer Place

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1905–1921, Richard Mortimer Bates, developer. South side of 12th Ave. between 10th and 11th sts.

This delightful urban “place,” which bears its developer's middle name, consists of nine stuccoed Craftsman cottages lining a U-shaped, brick-paved cul-de-sac. Four or five houses face outward on both 10th and 11th streets. No two houses are identical, but they are similar in size, massing, materials, and design. Steeply pitched roofs (some gabled, some jerkinheaded, a few hipped, and at least one gambreled) and pergola-like front porches (some supported by squat Doric columns, others by piers, some now glazed) are common characteristics. The modest Mortimer Place, sharing a block with four of Huntington's largest period revival houses (next entry), amply demonstrates that a well-designed complex can more than equal the sum of its parts. Unfortunately, several of its components are not in the best of repair.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Mortimer Place", [Huntington, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-HU32.

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