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[This series contains 9 photos] The Mock House in Damascus, Washington County, Virginia is a 2 story asymmetrical Queen Anne structure, built circa 1900 by the Mock family, owners of the town’s saw mill. It gives the impression of being larger than its 3156 square feet, which is ample area for any house. The front facade displays a concerted massing of elements. This cross-gabled structure has a central steep pitched roof. I’m not knowledgeable enough to determine the roofing material. The porches on both floors are covered with metal roofing. A decorative Eastlake-style band of shingling (a plain band between two courses of fish-scale) is just below the upper porch complex. Beneath the cone on the right the porch is curved to match the larger porch beneath. Five turned posts and two pilasters where it joins the house surface provide support for the conical roof. The two windows have a large central pane with 10 horizontally aligned small panes both above and below the large pane with 6 vertically aligned panes to either side.
The second upper level porch in the gable on the front facade is squarish with one turned support post and two doors, one solid wood with a narrow transom and the other with a large glass pane and a narrow transom. The gable is pedimented with ornamental fish-scale shingling and has a narrow four pane window in arched molding.
The first floor porch is continuous in connecting two rounded porches on either side of the front entrance. On the right side of the house it continues as a wraparound almost the full length, ultimately narrowing and discarding the balusters. On the left side of the house, another porch, rectangular in shape is visible in the first image of the series. The large semi-circle has turned posts and balusters and two one/one windows; the gazebo-like extension has a turret and metal finial.
The off-centered entrance is a wood door, a small transom above a single glass pane below which is decorative woodwork and below that a recessed wood panel. Stone steps lead to the porch. A stone foundation is visible on the front facade.
Many side and rear views and interior views (with some duplication) of this house are at:
The photos in the set:
1) front facade and partial left facade
2) straight on view of the front, 4 visible porches
3) angled view of front
4) large semi-circular porch on first story
5) semi-circular porch on second story
6) square porch on second story and gazebo-like porch extension on first floor
7) stone steps and entrance
8) partial view of right side of house
9) view of house with interrupting trees and foliage
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