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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Lincoln in Virginia: 1926

Lincoln in Virginia: 1926

Alexandria, Virginia, circa 1926. "Dr. Fairfax home (Ford Motor Co.)" From a series of photographs, taken for Ford Motor Co., showing Alexandria landmarks. The car here is a Lincoln. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Modern Picture

This is the modern view of the home

Hardware

I'm seeing all kinds of hardware for holding the shutters in the hi-res version of the picture.

[Another thing: The tall righthand middle shutter moved during the exposure. - Dave]

Time stands still

I live a couple blocks up from this home, and aside from a much more lush garden on the right side yard, it looks identical to this photo. Being over 100 years old, the exterior is protected from being modified. What's more, the present owner signed the paperwork so that the interior woodwork, mantels, etc. are likewise protected from being "updated" by future owners.

Simple

Very nicely done entry recess, but those shutters on the top really jar the eye.

Things probably only a carpenter sees...

It appears this was a time when shutters were becoming more decorative than functional. Telltale signs of non-use are the bird droppings and needed repairs, plus there are no knobs or latches to hold them shut if they were closed. And that broken piece of lumber along the roof edge raises a few questions about why it's there, what or who broke it off, and how does the bent gutter work into the mystery? And only one screen, second floor left window?

Federal Style

Lovely Federal (or is it Georgian?) style architecture!

Harry Lee

Pleasant surprise seeing this pic. I just found a few days ago this person is a relative. Thanks for sharing!

 
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