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Photo credit: Paul Baker Touart, 12/1994
Honeysuckle Lodge
Inventory No.: WI-210
Date Listed: 8/8/1996
Location: 1601 Camden Avenue (MD 360) , Salisbury, Wicomico County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: c. 1906; c. 1922; c. 1940
Description: Honeysuckle Lodge is a 1 1/2-story frame dwelling built in stages during the first half of the 20th century. It is supported by a low brick foundation with a full cellar excavated under a center section. The house is sheathed with a combination of plain weatherboard siding and wood shingles. The various roofs, including gable, gambrel, hip, and shed roof forms, are covered with asphalt shingles. The rambling, asymmetrical dwelling is lighted primarily by 6/6 sash windows flanked with paneled shutters. Following a rough T shape, the main block is enlarged by a single-story, single-bay garage that extends from the south end of the service wing. Also on the lot is a single-story, T-shaped frame guest house built around 1940. The asbestos-shingled frame structure is supported by a continuous brick foundation, and the medium-sloped gable roof is covered with asphalt shingles. The yard is planted with mature trees and shrubs. The property borders a small lake known as Tony Tank. Significance: Honeysuckle Lodge is significant for its unique eclectic architectural design. Built in several stages during the early 20th century, the rambling 1 1/2 story frame house combines building forms and details associated with the Colonial Revival and Craftsman styles as well as references to rustic cottage architecture characteristic of seasonally occupied lakeside dwellings. Begun during the first decade of the 20th century, the initial single-story house was designed as a rustic lodge, with board-and-batten interior finishes which survive in the living room, dining room, study, and first and second-floor hallways. A campaign of enlargement around 1922 added dominant gambrel-roofed sections, a popular Colonial Revival form, and wings with projecting eaves, exposed rafter ends, and triangular brackets associated with the Craftsman aesthetic. The result is a picturesque eclectic composition which is unlike any other contemporaneous dwelling on the lower Eastern Shore.
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