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Photo credit: Michael H. Day, 11/1988
Burley Manor
Inventory No.: WO-4
Date Listed: 6/7/1974
Location: 3 S. Main Street (MD 818), Berlin, Worcester County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: c. 1832-1837
Description: Burley Manor is a Federal-style brick house of the 1830s. Facing west the main section is three bays wide and two rooms deep with the door, surmounted by a fanlight, in the south bay. Protecting the entrance is a one-bay porch supported by round columns with sunbursts decorating the square capitals. Between the capitals are arches with pointed teeth on the edges. There are wood benches on both sides of the porch. The two first-story windows have 12/12 lights, while the three in the second story have 12/8 lights. Above each window is a recessed flat arch. All the windows have louvered shutters. There is a modillion cornice on the house and porch. The north end has two 12/12 sash windows near the center of the first story and two 12/8 sash windows directly above. In the gable are two 6/6 sash windows flanking the large flush chimney. The south end has a window in the first and second stories of the west bay. Beneath these windows is a cellar entrance. Centered in the gable is a 6/6 light window. Extending from the eastern three bays is a 1 1/2 story dining room wing, one bay wide and one room deep. Centered in the west facade is a single 12/8 light window above which is a dormer in the gable roof. The modillion cornice matches that of the main house. The south end of this addition has 12/8 light windows on the first story, one each in the center and west bays, and one 6/6 sash window in the gable to the right of the flush chimney. This wing is also stuccoed and has recessed flat arches above the windows. Perpendicular to the dining room wing is a 1 1/2 story kitchen wing. The west gable end has one 6/6 sash window in the first story with a second above it in the gable. The south side is three bays wide with the door in the center bay and 6/6 sash window in the other bays. A porch, covering this side, forms a catslide roof. The east end has a large flush chimney. Extending across the south end of the main section is the entrance hall and stair hall separated by a fluted elliptical arch with fluted key supported on fluted pilasters. The stairway, in the east end of the hall has two square balusters per tread and decorated step ends. Significance: Burley Manor is a house representative of small town living. A good example of second quarter 19th century houses in this part of Maryland, it also retains many of its original 19th century farm buildings.


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