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Hundley-Cannady House 1 | by David Hoffman '41
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Hundley-Cannady House 1

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If you want to move to Oxford, North Carolina and have money to play with, you can pick this one up for about $200,000. It has about 11 rooms, including a glass-enclosed porch. The house has apparently been bought.


Built in 1880, the Hundley-Cannady Home exhibits the features of Stick-style popularized by English architect Charles L. Eastlake. Sometimes this style is referred to as Eastlake. It’s characterized by the breaking up of wall surfaces with bands of wood (stickwork) dividing the building into planes for decorative effects. It’s been described as an architectural style between Gothic Revival and Queen Anne.


Clad in wood, the 2-story home rests on a brick foundation and has an ample attic. There is no tower, but two truncated areas with bay windows on 1st and 2nd stories are evident. The roof is steep pitched, accommodating the cross gables and the area above the bay windows. Under the prominent eaves are scroll-sawn brackets, breaking up an ornamental band of crosses in circles in groups of five. The windows throughout are 2 over 2 double-sash with a line of smaller panes at the top of each window. The widows in the gables show great variation, arched or curved, the panes divided ornamentally by large and small panes of different designs.


The surface of the house becomes a textured decorative element with a motif of circles on a band of wood bordered by bands of diagonal bands slanting to both right and left. At various places shingling is used on the walls. The porch is wraparound, characterized by the “gingerbread” effect of three-dimensional scrollwork. Abundant braces are used ornamentally on the porch; the millwork here is in spindles, turned posts, and balusters. It's part of the Oxford Historic District and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places April 28, 1988 with ID number 88000403.


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Taken on August 8, 2010