|The Deaconess House and Training School, Philadelphia, PA. 1850s|
The stone has been laid in recessed sections, forming blind arches that divide the façade neatly. The cornice has thickly deployed brackets and a broad, plain entablature board. I personally like the central rounded pediment that defines the façade. It's difficult to see, but the roof of this building is slightly hipped and accommodates two large dormers. The dark brown color of the trim seems to be a period appropriate color scheme. On a street of row houses, the building has grand pretensions by employing a symmetrical plan, although the scale and detailing make it appear more like a large mansion rather than a school, maintaining the residential character of the street. It certainly makes an impression as a large stone Italianate surrounded by lower Federal and Greek revival brick row houses.