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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

Small Dwelling: 1939

Small Dwelling: 1939

Savannah, Georgia. 1939 or 1944. "Davenport tenement, small dwelling, Houston and State streets." 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

House snooping

The homemade gate is quite charming, too, although the porch underpinnings look suspect. The broken window with the curtain rod (?) sticking out imply that maybe all is not well inside, either. Or is that the Savannah A/C system?

But take a good look at the siding. Although probably whitewashed, it looks to be pretty much all clear boards (no knots) with the exception of some repairs/replacements.

Bloom where you are planted!

This may be the site of the current Green Palm Inn B & B. That would be the larger structure to which the disheveled cottage is attached. The Inn has similar chimney and window placements. It is using the site of the cottage as a bricked parking area. The house is 1880s era, apparently built to lodge sea captains, according to the Green Palm web site.


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Neat as a pin

This is obviously a poorer part of town. The house probably dates almost to colonial times. That metal roof has more years left in it than the house it covers. The chimney looks too big for the house it's on.

But check out the porch. No money is no excuse for dirt. I've noticed this in modern projects, where house after house is a filthy wreck, and all the sudden, there's a house spotlessly clean with flowers all around the small yard.

The lady of this house cared, with flowers to catch the most sunlight and the place neat as a pin inside too, I'll bet.

You've got to love the brick sidewalk and cut stone curbing; also from the dim past.

Take these broken wings

Living in a place and time where shutters are for decoration only, I find these hard-used disreputable ones delightful. The tiny but lavishly verdant porch pleases me, too.

That chimney's getting ready to drop a brick or two into the fireplace, though. I can't approve of that.

Potted

Tenement or not, someone has gone to some effort to beautify their living space with these nicely kept plants.

 
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