Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cottage Balcony

Another work break drawing, in which I combined my walk time with drawing time. This is a rebuilt cottage in the same neighborhood ("Pimmit Hills") as the other cottages I've drawn. It is either rebuilt or entirely replaced, as it's bigger than the original residence designs. Note the small narrow windows, some of which have shutters (first floor) and some of which don't. The central balcony is an interesting feature. It looks rather unstable, built out of white pickets, but someone has gone out onto it as there is a pile of fabric (click on the pic to see this) draped over the front railing. The balcony overhangs the door but is not a real portico as there are no columns supporting it. It's another example of vernacular architectural invention in an older neighborhood.

One or two of you might ask, "What's a "Pimmit?"" The name occurs on many streets in my area, such as Pimmit Drive and Pimmit Run Lane. It dates back to Colonial times. John Pimmit was a land owner in this part of Virginia. A stream runs through the area, and it is still called "Pimmit Run," a "run" being an old word for "stream." 

Staedtler technical pen on sketchbook page, about 5" x 5", July 10, 2012.

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