Photo credit: Paul Baker Touart , 10/1995

Property Name: F. Leonard Wailes Law Office
Date Listed: 4/14/1997
Inventory No.: WI-211
Location: 116-118, East Main Street, Salisbury, Wicomico County

Description: The F. Leonard Wailes Law Office building, erected in 1927, is a two-story, four-bay, double-pile brick building facing north, opposite the Wicomico County Courthouse in a line of early- to mid-20th century commercial buildings. The building is distinguished by the neo-Federal architectural finishes including Flemish and common bond brickwork, with arched window and door openings defining the first floor and four 6/6 windows lighting the second floor. The cornice is trimmed with a finely executed series of tapered modillion blocks. The interior is finished with raised-panel wainscoting and ogee molded backband surrounds. A secondary entrance on the east side of the building opens into a side staircase that rises to the second floor office space.

Significance: The F. Leonard Wailes Law Office building is significant for its architectural character. Designed by Salisbury architect W. Twilley Malone and constructed in 1927, the two-story, four-bay brick building is a particularly fine and well preserved example of early-20th century law office design incorporating neo-Federal elements in an adaptation of an urban townhouse form. The exterior is richly detailed with Flemish bond masonry, arched openings with leaded transoms, and a finely crafted modillion cornice apparently derived from a local 19th century source. The building retains the majority of its original interior plan and finishes as well, including raised-panel wainscoting, ogee molded backbands framing windows and doors, and a large built-in safe.




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