Demory House Site
Loudoun County, Virginia:
This the east facade, viewed from a location off the southeast corner of the house (July 1999). The slender tree visible in the middle of this photo is the main culprit for the ongoing collapse of the north and east facades of the house. This tree, which appears to be about a decade old, broke through a ground sill at the base of the east wall. This caused the east facade to sag in an eastward direction, and this in turn likely caused additional stresses on the cross-notched house frame that led to collapse of the north doorway and sagging of the north facade around that doorway.
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