I <3 Architectural Details, NoVA Edition

I have lived in northern Virginia (NoVA) for about two and a half months now, after relocating from Los Angeles. In that time my husband and I have really enjoying getting to know the surrounding area. One of the things that has continually struck me on these trips is the classical architectural detailing in the building facades, doors, windows, moldings, ironwork and brickwork. A great example is Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.

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Above is the back of the house, below are details of the front.

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Below, a view of the interior molding details in the bright yellow dining room.

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The town of Winchester, VA also has some beautiful old buildings. I love the ironwork detail on the front porch and stairs of this 175 year old home called the Piccadilly Mansion.

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This building is the Handley Regional Library with a gorgeous copper roof, also in Winchester.

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This old home turned office building has a lovely mullion detail on the side lites and transom around the front door as well as classical columns and hunter green shutters.

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In old Town Alexandria on King Street there was more detailed brickwork on this old building with a very worn front step.

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This building also had interesting layers of brickwork detail.

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We walked by this lovely street in Old Town as well that features cobblestone streets.

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Most of the row houses have bright jewel tone colored doors like these.

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A similar teal doorway in downtown Leesburg with a federal style knocker.

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I <3 Architectural Details, Santa Barbara Edition

This weekend I had the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Santa Barbara. I toured the Historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse for the first time and it really blew me away.

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There were so many beautiful details, but I’ll just point out a few that really struck me. The passage doors were fantastic.

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There were flat panel doors with hand painted detail, intricate mullion doors, small multi raised panel doors and leather and wood studded doors.

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I also really loved the beautiful Spanish style tile work on the floors and staircases.

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The multi size terracotta tiles were punctuated with decorative Spanish style keys. The colors were olive green, terracotta, white, yellow and cobalt blue. Below is a basket-weave pattern and some decorative field and border tiles creating a base detail.

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There were many different scales including a more standard 6″ x 6″ size and and an octagon pattern, which was my favorite.

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I also really loved the ceiling details; the beams, hand painted designs and the archways made for very interesting and detailed corridors and entryways.

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The lighting was also exquisite, from the wrought iron pendants, sconces and chandeliers to the stained glass windows and leaded mullion doors.

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Along with these gorgeous chandeliers, this room featured 6,700 sq. ft. of hand painted murals.

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The outside was just as breathtaking, including the views from the clock tower that had a 360 degree view of the city.

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Special thanks to my very patient friends 🙂

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