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Charles Booth House

In the late 18th century, Benjamin Latrobe, a student of James Stuarts' "Antiquities of Athens", designed many of the public buildings in Washington D.C. in the Greek Revival style, and influenced countless other public buildings across the country. Asher Benjamin's pattern books, in widespread use by carpenters across the county by the early 19th century, articulated how to translate Greek architectural principles into residential architecture, and the style became so ubiquitous that it earned the moniker "the national style."

The Charles Booth House is a story-and- a-half Greek Revival in the eaves forward presentation, a style often referred to as farmhouse because it does not have the staid, formal presentation of the more typical gable-forward Greek Revival houses, but its heavy trim and corner boards that appears to be structural are unmistakably Greek Revival. While Linda and Mike Connor have designed and built many of these shorter exterior wall Greek Revival houses, it is unfortunately a style seldom seen in new construction, in spite of the charming massing achieved with the heavy trim and lower eaves.

It is likely that the originals were the result of an attempt to cut costs; when homes were built with post and beam construction, using twelve foot posts rather than sixteen foot posts was a significant savings in both material and labor. With modern platform framing, the savings is less and so unless a designer or builder were interested in historic replication, they likely will build with a full height wall rather than a half height wall, and in so doing, the conformational beauty that originally stemmed from a cost-saving measure is lost.

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