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Sidney F. Miller House 5

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[This is a series of six photos] The Sidney F. Miller House in Lynchburg, Virginia is part of the Federal Hill Historic District. It’s a fine example of a smaller Second Empire house with 8 rooms and 3 baths (currently—Jan 12, 2012) on the market for $156,000. Built in 1876, it’s a 2-story brick home with basement and tower. Total—3126 square feet

 

The characteristic mansard roof shows the distinctive shingling of the times, the square central tower showing a convex roof pattern and the sections to either side of the tower displaying the convex pattern. Throughout, the shingling is in bands—from top to bottom: rectangular, diamond, rectangular, fish-scale, rectangular. Tile is used at the edges of the four sides. Cresting (decorative ironwork) tops the tower with a large finial shaped item the highest point of the structure (perhaps a lightning rod). The tower’s mansard roof is supported by alternating single and double brackets. Small hooded, circular dormers project from each of the four sides of the tower. The front façade is asymmetrical with a porch on the left and a bay window on the right. The porch is small with prominent brackets supporting the porch roof. Instead of railings, the sections between the posts are open with a decorative design. The front bay window is large but has slender brackets supporting its roof. A sequence of single bracketing is used on the side of the structure. The entry porch is the most elaborately decorated portion of the house, the double-door entrance capped by a concave transom, the swelling mimicked in the woodwork above it and then ornamental woodwork. To each side of the doors are slender half-columns with decorated capitals; and on the out side of the columns are posts, each with a decorative wood motif. The overhanging entry porch roof is prominent, braced by two large grooved, bracket-like elements. The Federal Hill Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Place September 17, 1980 with NRHP ID# 80004310

 

Image gallery of homes in the Federal Hill Historic District

www.lynchburg.net/federalhill/fed_pic1.htm

 

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Taken on January 19, 2011