|The Francis Sellers House, Pittsburgh, PA. 1858 Photo: Wikimedia|
|Side facade. Photo: sportsedit15224|
The side of the house is of particular interest to me, shown in the second image. On this side the composition starts splintering with different elements almost glued at random on the facade. An oriel window with Gothic tracery in the round windows is set over double tombstone windows that open onto a bracketed balcony. A long port cochere that matches the main porch has an Italianate classical box window above it, with three arched windows and a pediment. The windows are filled with Aesthetic Movement stained glass, added in the 1880s. The back of the house has a variant porch which has a steamboat Gothic spiderweb design. Although I like every one of the elements individually, especially the box window, I think the design is a little strange; literally every window and door on this side projects in some way from the facade. I'm sure that there is a staircase in this area because of the stained glass and the varying height in the second story windows, and staircases always make a mess of the facade. I feel that a little discretion in the deployment of such eye catching elements might have improved the design. Still it is an interesting early house that is a crucible of styles.