A blog devoted to American Italianate architecture of the 19th century. This blog features architectural analyses of Italianate domestic buildings with images, and historical information. My plan is to show the varieties, regional vernacular of Italianate architecture.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Matthew J. Shoecraft House, Oneida, NY
The Shoecraft House, Oneida, NY. 1850. Photo: Onasil
This villa was built for Matthew J. Shoecraft, congressman and district attorney, at 260 Main St. in 1850 and makes up part of the Main-Grove-Broad Streets Historic District. The house is currently a funeral home. The house follows the symmetrical plan with paired windows and is white painted brick. The central pair of windows are tombstone windows, which distinguishes the bays central importance. The windows have flat hood moldings with little tufts of vegetation at the center. Additionally, the impressive entrance porch, which I personally like a great deal, adds to the house's central thrust. The porch has the usual complex "Renaissance" (at least they might have believed so) design with a filleted opening. However, inserted into this filleted opening is a broad arch resting on brackets that includes fantastic openwork jigsaw cut-outs in the spandrels. The house has s curve brackets that define the bays and pierce the run of elongated dentils in the cornice. Additionally, the cornice is a filleted, paneled type with interesting Greek Revival designs at the ends of each panel. Finally is one of my favorite features, the cupola with its central arched Venetian tracery window, flanked by two arched windows, that intrudes into the roofline.