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Wye Plantation: 1936

Wye Plantation: 1936

Queen Anne County, Maryland. circa 1936. "Wye Plantation." Watch your step, and your head. Acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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Odd angle of door

I think "Gnomes" is correct. I'm willing to bet the odd angle on the hinge side of that door is born of necessity, likely because of a cross brace in the timber frame.

Wye House is a right fine 1780s-90s neoclassical house, Palladian in its layout with central pavilon and flanking wings. Here are the HABS survey photographs from the 1930s.

[You're confusing the subject of our photo -- Wye Plantation in Queen Anne County -- with Wye House in Talbot County. The Wye Plantation mansion was demolished in the 1960s and replaced by a replica that's part of the Marriott Aspen Wye River conference center. Wye House still stands. - Dave]

Very Angular

A lot of interesting lines and angles in this photo.

I see it now

We will be clicking on "Farked" soon for this pic.

Gnomes be here?

The odd shaped door, such as this one here, were often the result of some other feature. There is some roof line or obstruction on the other side of the opening which limits a larger shape. But when it came to the servants, comfort was not a real concern.


I'm coming to appreciate Ms. Johnston's work more and more with her encore performances here on Shorpy; such an eye for lights and tones. And to think she's in her 70s when doing the work we're seeing here.


The shadow and light work here is phenomenal. What a fun picture to stare at and make a story out of.

Beautiful photo

It has extremes of light, shade, texture and every angle imaginable. Apart from the stories it tells.

Now I know where he got his inspiration

This must be where Escher was born.


If you're going to go to all the trouble to angle the second side of the door and door frame, wouldn't you at least make sure they're the same angle? Or just angle the side that needs it? Perplexed.

Jane Eyre's employer

could have stashed his mad wife in this attic.

Looks like my condo

If you can advertise a "loft" in a condo, you have a good selling point.

Necessity Breeds Weirdness

Doors don't need to be rectangular to fit into a space, but they should at least be symmetrical.


What in the world is this space. It would seem purposefully constructed, but for what? And what is on the other side of the space?

Jane Eyre

Looks like where Mrs. Rochester might have been kept.


Love this photo -- the sun and shadows, the cobwebs, the stairs leading to ????? through the odd shaped door. It's a little sinister looking (Like where Norman Bates might do a quick change).

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