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Paymaster's Quarters, Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, WV



B&W Photos

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Oblique View North (left) And West (right) Facades

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Oblique View Of South (left) And East (right) Facades

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Interior View Of West Entrance Door From Room No

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Detail Of Stair In Room No

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Detail Of Window In West Wall Of Room No

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Detail Of Doorway In Room No

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Detail Of Front Side Of Closet Door In Room No

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Detail Of Back Side Of Closet Door In Room No 16

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East (front) Elevation With Scale

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East (front) Elevation

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North Elevation With Scale

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General View From Northwest

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West Elevation With Scale

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West Elevation

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General View From West, From Porch Of Brackett House

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South Elevation With Scale

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Perspective View From Southeast Of East Front

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Detail View From South To North Along East Front

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View From Southeast Of Porch On East Front

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General View From Cemetery Of East Front

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General View From Cemetery Of East Front, More Distant

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First Floor Interior View From West To East Of East Entrace Door & Its Surround

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First Floor View From Hall To Cemetery Through East Entrance Door

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First Floor Interior View To East Of Vestibule And Entrance Door

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Detail Of Studs And Wallpaper Of Southside Hall With Scale

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First Floor Interior View Of Hall Door To Southwest Room

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First Floor Inteior View From North To Southwest (school) Room

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First Floor Interior View From Southwest To Northeast In The Southwest (school) Room

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First Floor Interior View From South Of Northwest (kitchen) Room

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First Floor Interior View From Southeast Corner Of Northwest (kitchen) Room

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Second Floor Interior View From East Of South And West Walls Of Southeast Room

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Second Floor Interior View From North Of Room Between Southeast And Southwest Rooms

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Second Floor Interior View From East To West Of Northeast Room

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Second Floor Interior View From Southwest Of Stair

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Second Floor Interior View Of Stairhead

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Attic Level, General View Of Trusses

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Cellar, View Of Museum Storage Room


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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS WV-179
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-26; N249, N318).
Significance: Prominently located on the eastern crest of Camp Hill at the head of a row of four residences for Armory officials, the Paymaster's Quarters has survived innumerable structural changes. First erected in 1847-49, the Paymaster's Quarters was one of many architectural improvements to the Harpers Ferry Armory designed and executed by Superintendent John Symington. In 1858, extensive modifications were made to the residence of the paymaster, including the addition of a second story. During the Civil War, Generals Lockwood and Sheridan appropriated the house for their headquarters; it subsequently suffered extensive damage. In 1865, Nathan C. Brackett organized a school in the Paymaster's Quarters. Sponsored by the Freewill Baptist Home Mission Board, the school was among the earliest organized educational programs available to African-Americans in Harpers Ferry. From its modest beginnings in the Paymaster's Quarters, the school developed into Storer College, one of the few African-American colleges in the country at the time of its incorporation in 1867. As Storer College evolved, so did the Paymaster's Quarters. Although the building functioned only temporarily as a classroom and dormitory, it housed a summer boarding house and hotel, which was known as the Lockwood House, for almost fifty years. The construction of a Mansard roof on the Paymaster's Quarters ca. 1883 provided ten additional rooms for summer boarders which were occasionally used during the academic year by Storer students. After the addition of former Storer College property to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, the exterior of the Paymaster's Quarters was returned to its pre-Civil War appearance in a restoration project which included the removal of its Mansard roof.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. OBLIQUE VIEW NORTH (LEFT) AND WEST (RIGHT) FACADES
2. OBLIQUE VIEW OF SOUTH (LEFT) AND EAST (RIGHT) FACADES
3. INTERIOR VIEW OF WEST ENTRANCE DOOR FROM ROOM NO. 11
4. DETAIL OF STAIR IN ROOM NO. 11
5. DETAIL OF WINDOW IN WEST WALL OF ROOM NO. 16
6. DETAIL OF DOORWAY IN ROOM NO. 11, LOOKING SOUTH AT DOOR TO ROOM NO. 15
7. DETAIL OF FRONT SIDE OF CLOSET DOOR IN ROOM NO. 16
8. DETAIL OF BACK SIDE OF CLOSET DOOR IN ROOM NO 16
9. EAST (FRONT) ELEVATION WITH SCALE
10. EAST (FRONT) ELEVATION
11. NORTH ELEVATION WITH SCALE
12. GENERAL VIEW FROM NORTHWEST
13. WEST ELEVATION WITH SCALE
14. WEST ELEVATION
15. GENERAL VIEW FROM WEST, FROM PORCH OF BRACKETT HOUSE
16. SOUTH ELEVATION WITH SCALE
17. PERSPECTIVE VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST OF EAST FRONT
18. DETAIL VIEW FROM SOUTH TO NORTH ALONG EAST FRONT
19. VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST OF PORCH ON EAST FRONT
20. GENERAL VIEW FROM CEMETERY OF EAST FRONT
21. GENERAL VIEW FROM CEMETERY OF EAST FRONT, MORE DISTANT
22. FIRST FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM WEST TO EAST OF EAST ENTRACE DOOR & ITS SURROUND
23. FIRST FLOOR VIEW FROM HALL TO CEMETERY THROUGH EAST ENTRANCE DOOR
24. FIRST FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW TO EAST OF VESTIBULE AND ENTRANCE DOOR
25. DETAIL OF STUDS AND WALLPAPER OF SOUTHSIDE HALL WITH SCALE
26. FIRST FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW OF HALL DOOR TO SOUTHWEST ROOM
27. FIRST FLOOR INTEIOR VIEW FROM NORTH TO SOUTHWEST (SCHOOL) ROOM
28. FIRST FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST IN THE SOUTHWEST (SCHOOL) ROOM
29. FIRST FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM SOUTH OF NORTHWEST (KITCHEN) ROOM
30. FIRST FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST CORNER OF NORTHWEST (KITCHEN) ROOM
31. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM EAST OF SOUTH AND WEST WALLS OF SOUTHEAST ROOM
32. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM NORTH OF ROOM BETWEEN SOUTHEAST AND SOUTHWEST ROOMS
33. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM EAST TO WEST OF NORTHEAST ROOM
34. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST OF STAIR
35. SECOND FLOOR INTERIOR VIEW OF STAIRHEAD
36. ATTIC LEVEL, GENERAL VIEW OF TRUSSES
37. CELLAR, VIEW OF MUSEUM STORAGE ROOM


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