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View to south on Sylvester Road (1) Quartermaster Storehouse (2) Enlisted Men’s Barracks (3) Guard House. Courtesy FGMF Collection


A Colonial Revival Post Buildings (1902-1905)


Architectural elements which define the Colonial Revival style are symmetrically balanced windows and doors, porch columns in “Classical” form, fanlight windows, gabled dormers and roof ends, cornice returns, corbelled chimneys, ornamental pressed tin ceilings, inset buffets, and ornate staircases. Craftsmen installed quatrefoil window elements, interior door trim, and casement windows. The style rose in popularity after the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition and the Army Quartermaster Corps adapted the style to military construction.


Fort Rosecrans buildings were built with heart redwood to ensure survival against termites and wood rot. Charles Engebretson and Solon Bryan built the post structures, including Officer’s Row. They painted the buildings in olive drab with dark green trim. The official color changed to khaki tan with white trim in World War I and then all khaki during World War II. The United States Navy changed the color to khaki with dark brown trim in 1984.


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