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Photo credit: Michael O. Bourne, 03/1968
Bounds Lott
Inventory No.: WI-4
Other Name(s): Bounds Chance
Date Listed: 11/14/1978
Location: 4146 Rivermere Lane , Allen, Wicomico County
Category: Building
Period/Date of Construction: early 18th century
Description: In its present form, Bounds Lott consists of the original four-bay, 1 1/2-story dwelling and three small additions off its east gable, the end two having been moved from Sussex County, Delaware, and remodeled in their new location in 1975. The original dwelling has an asymmetrical south facade covered with wide beaded shiplap. The windows have 9/6 sash and there is a double door near the center of the facade, but not in line with the dormer above, as are the windows of the first story. The gable-roofed dormers have 6/6 sash, and the roof is covered with fish scale shingles. Both gables are brick, the west having a thin coat of mortar through which traces of Flemish bond with glazed headers are apparent. There is a single window on the south side and two tiny windows in the gable above the belt course. On the north facade is a narrow porch projecting out as far as the shed-roofed L on the east end of the building. There are two windows and a double door beneath the porch and a five-panel door into the L from the porch. A single window breaks the face of the L. Its east gable is asymmetrical to conform to the pitch of the roof. Like the opposite end, the brick is laid in Flemish bond and there is a belt course and a chimney rising from the apex of the gable. Before the addition was built, it was possible to see both openings, which were originally windows on the first story. There were also two small casements on the second story. The floor plan of Bounds Lott consists of a central stair hall with large living room on the west and two rooms on the east with corner fireplaces. The living room possesses a wall of paneling across the fireplace wall with fluted pilasters flanking the 7'-wide fireplace, glazed cabinets on each side, and three diamond panels above the fireplace separated by fluted pilasters. There is a bold dentil cornice and a bolection chair rail. Significance: Bounds Lott is a very good example of a form and plan once common on the Eastern Shore. The house has shed a great deal of light on the appearance of early-18th century vernacular dwellings in the Tidewater area. Through a thorough investigation of the building many questions have been answered about structural and decorative detail of the earliest buildings remaining on the Eastern Shore. Its interior detail of the mid-18th century remodeling is superior in execution, if a little naive in classical interpretation.


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