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Hyphen House: 1939

Hyphen House: 1939

1939. "Williams-Reid-Macon House (Dr. Gideon Hunt Macon), Airlie vicinity, Halifax County, North Carolina." Seen earlier here from a different vantage. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.


House is a home

I suspect that this house was actually in use as a home. Many people from that part of the country enter by the back door, so the steps at the front aren't needed. Its a good thing too because that first step would be a doozy!

Size isn't everything

A stunningly beautiful example of the Early Classical Revival style; even in its decayed state. The shaped columns are delightful. What a gem! Larger examples of the style can get ungainly.

The watcher

Now that is spooky. Why would someone be in that house. Ooh, love a mystery.


Little one watching the camera from the window on the right.

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