|The John Kellogg House, 47 Church St. Amsterdam, NY. 1858|
Perhaps one of this house's most interesting features is the way the architect laid the bricks (the house is finished with painted brick) so as to form blind arches in each bay of the façade. This treatment, reminiscent of the slightly later Panel Brick style creates a series of pilasters and arches that articulate the wall surface. The arches are of the flat topped trefoil arch, a shape more commonly found in the 60s and 70s. I particularly was struck by the way the blind arches in the center of each façade bend upward to match the slope of the gable, giving the house an almost Gothic flavor. Also interesting is the roof and cupola. The roof is a very steeply pitched hip roof; in fact it is so steep it might qualify as a mansard (indeed it might be a later addition). It is steep enough to allow squat dormers with massive scrolls. The roof is topped with an octagonal cupola with a shallow pointed roof, which, although not unprecedented, is far less common that the typical square cupola. After being owned by a law firm for many years, the house has been recently restored, and a real estate website has several good pictures of the home's beautiful interiors. The parlor is particularly impressive with its ceiling murals and massive rococo pier mirror.