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Farnsworth House

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c. 1890. 76 Main St. (north side of Main St., east of the Upshur County Courthouse)
  • Farnsworth House

The WPA writer who noticed Buckhannon's “faded brick houses, ornamented with iron and wooden scrollwork” undoubtedly saw this delightful Queen Anne confection. A picture taken by an associated WPA-era photographer shows that it has changed little in the ensuing six decades. A spindled arch set within a pediment shelters the entry to the expansive front porch, which wraps around a polygonal bay to the right. Above, on the second floor, the bay mutates into an open polygonal porch topped by a steep witch's-cap roof. A tiny third-floor balcony supported by brackets on the opposite side of the facade balances the porch. The ensemble is wonderfully fussy and great fun as well.

Writing Credits

Author: 
S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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