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Watch Your Step: 1937

Watch Your Step: 1937

Spotsylvania County, Virginia, circa 1937. "St. Julien Plantation porch. Main house built 1794 with addition ca. 1812." 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston, Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. View full size.

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You may not make it up or down the stairs, but at least you won't fall off the porch by accident.

Neither run nor rise should change in a stair

I have spent my entire career in the construction industry. Anytime I see an example of poor workmanship, I say, "Man ... that looks like *I* did it!" Well, folks, this is off even THAT scale.

Pardon me

Is this the Escher residence?

Porch Decor

What is the reason for the nets at each end of the porch?

The Plantation

The plantation consists of 200 acres in Spotsylvania County, not far from Fredericksburg, VA. The home is Federal in style. It was started in 1797 and was completed in 1812.

The attached photograph was from Wikipedia

Life was so easy

Before there were so many lawyers.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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