Historic Structures

Building Description Pleasant Prospect - Isaac Duckett House, Woodmore Maryland

Pleasant Prospect is of the Adamesque Georgian style. As typical of the style, it is a symmetrically balanced dwelling, five bays across with a central entry with a semi-circular fanlight (both front and rear) . It has a side-gabled roof with dentilled cornice. The interior features Federal style detailing including plaster cornices, frontispieces (doorways along the first floor hall) with an urn and garland motif, and Federal-style mantels.

The main block of Pleasant Prospect is a large, rectangular, approximately 56' x 35' structure, five-bays-by-one-bay and two-and-a-half stories in height. It has entries with semi-circular lights to the center of both the front and rear. There is a side-gabled roof with interior end chimneys. To the south is a one-story, three-bay long hyphen connecting the main block to a two-story, one-bay-by-three-bay kitchen wing with a hipped roof.

The first floor is a basic Georgian plan with a large center hall and four rooms, two to each side of the hall. The northeast living room is somewhat larger than the other rooms. An open doorway to the west wall adjoins it with the former stairhall now a sitting room. There is a fireplace to the center of the north wall with an arched niche to either side. The southeast dining room has a fireplace at the south wall with a built-in china cupboard to the east side of it and a doorway into the hyphen to the west side. The library to the southwest corner also has a fireplace to the south wall with a doorway into the hyphen to the east and a built-in, panelled door cabinet to the west. The center hall has doorways at each end, front and rear. The stairway runs along the north wall. The hyphen has a north-south partition wall forming separate passages from dining room and library into the kitchen which is stepped down. The kitchen in one large room.

The second floor follows the same basic plan with doorways to three rooms off the center hall (the doorway to the small northwest room, now a bath, is at the landing of the stairway). The southeast and southwest chambers adjoin. There is a fireplace to the south wall of each room, with a window to one side and a built-in cabinet to the other. The northeast chamber also has a fireplace, on its north wall. It adjoins the former stairhall, now a bath, to the northwest.

The third floor has a large room to either side of a small center hall, with a small room to the front at the head of the stairway. The rooms, north and south, are finished with plaster and wood flooring but are currently being used for storage.