Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The George Bartles House, Flemington, NJ

The George Bartles House, Flemington, NJ. 1877 Photo: Wikimedia
The George Bartles house, built in 1877, is an important monument on Main Street in Flemington, a city full of significant historic houses. The house is a symmetrical plan villa and displays many characteristics of the architecture of the 70s. The facade is brick and is pierced with segmental arched windows with brownstone hood moldings. There is a central projection, seen on a lot of symmetrical homes, with an arched pediment above. The cornice is wood with c and s-scroll brackets and dentils, but unusually, the third floor segmental arch windows above the brownstone architrave molding disrupt the cornice with brick hood moldings. The whole is topped by a complicated cupola. Most interesting is the strapwork gingerbread on the porch which has very thin, elegant columns. The architect seems to have taken the round pediment as a theme: it is found on the projection as well as engaged in the center of the porch and on each side of the cupola cornice.

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