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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Knight House: 1928

Knight House: 1928

Circa 1928. "Knight House, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Taken on commission of Mrs. Devore of Chatham." Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Whisked away

How out of place that new broom looks. A good sweeping would knock the place down.

Tumbledown Bungalow

Shorpy Fans frequently wonder if depicted buildings still stand. There's no wonderment here. That house wasn't standing when it was standing.

The Fine Art of Relaxation

I think the literally kicked-back man here could give lessons in how to relax as if you hadn't a care in the world, much less a to-do list.

Respect right angles

This is their home BEFORE the Great Depression.

Termite Terrace

If this house still exists, it has probably been restored and is worth a small fortune.

Who's Afraid of Virgina's Roof?

In the immortal words of Bette Davis as channeled by Liz Taylor -- "What a DUMP"

Cozy cottage for sale

Cozy cottage for sale. Very private. Brick driveway. Brick fireplace. Wooden porch. Natural climate control system. Perfect for do-it-yourselfer. Priced to move.

Tidying Down

They have a new broom, but I don't think that porch will hold up to a good vigorous sweeping.

Absolute Proof

I always thought Roy Underhill was reincarnated.

Too tired for upkeep

I know the feeling.

I think after you've rebuilt the porch twice, redone the bathrooms, kitchens and repainted and fixed the screen porch three times, it's time to just put your feet up and relax.

Get off that porch and fix that roof.

On the other hand, it looks hot. Mind if I join you? Have any lemonade?

You know that list?

The one you keep in your head of things that need doing around the house. Theirs must be a doozy.

Architectural Entropy

Looks as if a bird landing on that thing will bring it down onto their laps. "Patch job" is an understatement here.

Lack of Support

I don't know if I would sit too long underneath that porch. It looks like it could fall at any minute.

 
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