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John Waddey Carter House 5
Image by David Hoffman ’41
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[This is one of a set of 8 photos} The John Waddey Carter House in Martinsville, Virginia, was built in 1896; the architect was George Franklin Barber, mail-order architect from Knoxville, Tennessee. This was a wedding present for Carter’s second wife, Kizziah Drewery. Locally the house is known as the “Gray Lady.” Carter was a lawyer and politician, one-time mayor of Martinsville.
A somewhat subdued Barber design, this is still a remarkable Queen Anne with architectural features galore. It’s a 2-story frame weatherboard structure with a dominating central gable, under which are found porches on both first and second floors. The roofline is complex with the front gable, steep-pitched cross gables, and a tower with onion dome. The roof is hipped, standing-seam metal-clad. A large dormer window is on the side with narrow double windows. Running bond brick forms the foundation.
The first level front façade has a wrap-around porch that contains the bulge of the tower. It has a frieze of beaded spindlework, turned posts and lace brackets, and a balustrade consisting of thick balusters but with panels at the corners. The porch gable has a board-and-batten decoration and a very basic bargeboard. The second-level porch has more involved ornamentation with a base of fish-scale shingles, a wide, subdued bargeboard, and stylized floral corner medallions. The central gable is decorated with fish-scale shingles and has two small 1/1 windows, the upper portions with a design of diagonal muntins.
The octagonal tower is more a part of the mass of the house rather than a taller, more prominent element. Fish-scale shingles form the base of the tower above the roofline; above this are small sunburst windows; and above the windows is an overhang with prominent brackets. Capping the tower is a small onion-dome with patterned metal shingles. A variety of windows exists throughout—tall but narrow 1/1 paned windows, single-paned, round, half-round, arched, and stained glass (I didn’t spot this). The entrance is simple with large sidelights and a decorative sunburst pattern below them.
Modifications have been made to the original house to accommodate additions of a bathroom and kitchen.
The house was listed November 3, 1988 on the National Register of Historic Places with ID #88002180. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources nomination file includes a very detailed account of the interior arrangement and decorative elements.
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2017 – Quebec City – La Piazzetta
Image by Ted’s photos – Returns Late November
On a previous visit to Quebec City ((1997) we went to La Piazzetta at 707 Saint-Jean for a thin crust pizza so good we remember it to this day. This location on Rue St. Jean was the original and only outlet at that time.
We had to go back for another pizza. The interior was upgraded about 10 years ago according to our waiter so it lost some of its charm but we enjoyed reminiscing regardless, and the pizza was good..
Piazzetta now has outlets all over the province.
From their web site:
The first Piazzetta restaurant opened is doors in May 1989 at 707, Saint-Jean street in Quebec City, and is still going strong today. Its founders, true artists and visionaries, based their original business on a unique concept-thin-crust square pizza, one brand of beer, red wine served the italian way in a goblet rather than a glass, and one choice of dessert.
This basic menu was offered in a setting that was just as simple. It was this combination that lent the charm to the restaurant that came to be named Piazzetta (or “small square” in italian). The people of Quebec City quickly took to the new concept.
The little italian-style soon became a very popular place to eat. In fact, the simple, straight forward formula was so successful that the fournders decided to open another Piazzetta restaurant on Cartier street, also in Quebec City. This second restaurant, like the first, was a bigger hit than its founders could ever have imagined. Its came to be THE meeting place for people from the world of arts, politics, media, business, and other walks of life.
In 1991, the third Piazzetta restaurant opened across the river in Lévis. Its opening was on opportunity to enhance the original formula. Soup was added to the menu and a central kitchen was set up. This decision was made primarily to ensure uniform quality in all three restaurants.
The success ot the thin-crust pizza attracted the interest of a number of investor groups, resulting in the opening of the first franchise in Sainte-Foy, Quebec and a second shortly afterwards on Saint-Denis street in Montreal.
Today, the Piazzetta network encompasses over 600 employees in 21 enterprises. Many of our employees have been with us since 1989.