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A South River home reveals the art of modern design.
The St. Michaels 2015 Concours d’Elegance Grand classic automobiles and wooden boats abound at this year’s show.
Frederick Douglass & Roger Taney Together Chip Bohl proposes an addition to a State House monument.
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Precision Building on the Magothy
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PUBLISHERS’ LETTER As we have watched builders construct homes over the years, we have learned firsthand that custom building is a demanding art, and especially so if the builder is working with an original architectural design that requires special moldings, trim, custom carpentry, and so forth. In celebration of custom building, we feature two stunning homes, one by Younger Construction and the other by Lynbrook Builders. One home is boldly modern and the other is more traditional with a Nantucket flair; in each case, the construction is superb. We hope you spend some time enjoying these homes and, like us, marvel at the design talent and craftsmanship of each.
Robert Haywood and Kymberly Taylor at Homestead Gardens attending an event to support The Wellness House. Photo courtesy of Sandy Mosso.
Have you ever bought a rug for your home that did not quite fit or work in its intended room? Interior Designer Courtney Griffin of Interior Concepts is here to give you sound and even surprising advice on what you need to know when considering a rug for your home. You will also find in this issue a provocative proposal by architect Chip Bohl in which he asks the State of Maryland to consider juxtaposing a new statue of ex-slave Frederick Douglass with that of former Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney. Be certain to read this proposal and please share with us your response. Finally, Annapolis Home and its sister publication, Looking Good, are proud to support worthy events in our community. Please see Robert’s Picks for upcoming events that we have chosen to promote or sponsor.
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Scandinavia design has shaped our design world more than many people realize. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition, Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design, with special attention on objects made in the midtwentieth century. The show runs through October 4, 2015. For museum hours, go to philamuseum.org.
The Annapolis Design District is organizing a street festival on September 26, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Edgewood Avenue. The event, Art in Action, is a family affair with special activities for adults and children. Live music, a beer garden, and crafters’ and artists’ displaying their art are all part of the day. Proceeds benefit two of our favorite local organizations, the Design District and the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Learn more at annapolisdesigndistrict.com.
Annapolis Home and Looking Good magazines are pleased to sponsor two upcoming events. The first is Blazers, Bourbon, Cigars on September 24, 2015, an event for gentleman at the Paca House and Garden. For ticket information, visit blazersbourboncigars.org.
The second event is the Ninth Annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance. The cars on display are works of incredible industrial design. If you attend, please visit us at our booth. The show takes place on Sunday, September 27, 2015. For details, visit smcde.org.
Robert Haywood, Ph.D., studied art and architectural history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has taught at MIT and Johns Hopkins University and has been a residential fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
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PRECISION BUILDING By Scott Sowers | Photography by Tim Lee
on the Magothy
This airy custom home with a wide front porch is built to capture sunshine and breezes from the Magothy River.
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Countertops are black leather granite, and the custom cabinets have Shaker-style doors with black hardware.
A special air surrounds this custom-built riverfront home that is hard to define—the eye is called to an exposed rafter’s sudden, singular beauty. A newel post cools one’s hands, water views wake the heart. This is no accident. Custom building is a demanding art, requiring precision, patience, and ingenuity. And often something more. Sometimes a builder is asked to conjure the past and give it contours, walls, windows, fresh life. This is the case of the cottage turned custom home in a Severna Park neighborhood on the Magothy River. The homeowners, who grew up in a nearby beachfront community, still lived in the general area. “We were living about a mile away for ten years,” says the homeowner, “but [the home] wasn’t on the water. A friend told me that a house closer to where both of us grew up was for sale.” They were in a sense coming home, at last purchasing waterfront property in a beloved spot. On the sight stood a small beach cottage with knotty pine paneling and exposed rafters complete with decorative “tails” carved into the ends. As a young girl, the homeowner ate ginger snaps while reading books on the porch with the woman who had owned the cottage. But now the building was in desperate need of repair. The design team made the difficult decision to dismantle the structure and rebuild, while trying to recreate a safe and peaceful home that retained an old river heritage and charm, a home that welcomed friends, old and new.
The team in charge of bringing the hopes and design details to life included Raymond Gauthier, president, and John Gaver, project manager, of Lynbrook of Annapolis and D. Wayne Speight of Speight Studio Architects. “When I met with the homeowners, we decided we wanted to evoke the house that stood on that peninsula,” recalls Speight, “so we started thinking about big porches in the front and back.” Gaver notes the challenge in translating concepts and drawings into material objects. “The ideas were all on paper,” says Gaver, “but sometimes the details had to be worked out on the job.” During the seventeen-month construction project, the builders made mock-ups of the more intricate components. “It’s more important to get it right as opposed to hurrying it up and sacrificing the quality,” says Gauthier. The home, with its exterior made of cedar shingles on cedar breather, overflows with custom features that required a close collaboration between the designer and the builder. A welcoming front porch is sheltered by a roof supported by exposed rafters—complete with tails, the first homage to the cottage lineage. The porch opens into a large foyer illuminated by a nautical-style light fixture. After passing a stunning solid wood staircase, visitors enter the open plan living room, dining room, and kitchen combination. Interior designer Katalin Farnady of Farnady Interiors was charged with pulling
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A nautical light fixture adds vintage charm to this foyer, as does the extra wide front door. Newel posts are topped with rich hardwood pyramids.
A newel post cools oneâ€™s hands, water views wake the heart.
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the look of the main living spaces together. The homeowner wanted a Nantucket-style design, so Farnady selected blue and white fabrics with a custom rug to tie the living room together. “The big goal was to be able to see all the room’s focal points from wherever guests are seated.” Focal points include a TV, which can be hidden behind a wall panel, the fireplace accented with plaster trim, and the river beckoning right outside the windows, as it had in the previous cottage. The exquisite paneling around the fireplace was custom built by Lynbrook craftsmen. The living area opens onto two porches, one screened in with a fireplace, the other open. The homeowners had dreamed of fine linen sofas, but have small children. Farnady came up with the solution of using a kid-proof fabric, Sunbrella, which has the look of luxury linen, for the two flanking sofas. The floors on the first level are variable-width walnut, stained dark to bring out the distinctive grain. To keep the cottage feel, walls were sheathed in white tongue-in-groove paneling and the coffered ceilings were filled in with beadboard. The simply elegant kitchen offers four stools at the island that also contains an undermount sink. A riverside gentility is expressed through the kitchen’s classic nautical palette. Countertops are black leather granite, and the custom cabinets have white Shakerstyle doors with black hardware—a pleasing mix of bin pulls and knobs. Appliance garages with hidden doors keep things looking neat and tidy while the backsplash is white subway tile configured in a running bond. The staircase to the second floor offers seldom-seen custom features, with newel posts capped with pyramids of rich, dark hardwood. The top of the stairs reveals a gift from the builders to the homeowners, an original rafter tail from the old cottage framed on a white wood background and sitting inside built-in, open faced shelving. The 4,700-square-foot home has four bedrooms, five full baths, and two half baths. A freestanding pedestal tub, a key item on the homeowners’ wish list, defines the master bath. The tub sits on a pond of basketweave marble tile. There’s a separate powder room, and twin sinks in a custom vanity that is topped with honed, white marble. There’s also a shower and a make-up area with plenty of cabinet space.
Exposed rafters pay homage to the original cottage.
A hidden door leads up to the third floor that serves as the study and offers a direct view of the water. All agree that designing and creating the home’s many charming features was a labor of love for everyone involved.
Interior designer Katalin Farnady created comfortable rooms using calm fabric shades within an open plan living area.
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The Lynbrook team fulfilled the owners’ vision and more. Besides presenting the family with a preserved rafter tail, they left behind a plate of ginger snaps, just like the homeowner used to eat here as a girl. The homeowner cites the screened-in porch as her favorite place in the house, saying, “we always have a breeze out there and eat dinner there as much as possible.” The homeowners have a truly one-of-a-kind home that retains the shore-like character of the old cottage. But something is different about this particular custom home. Its “special air” is replaced by a perpetual river breeze. AH
RESOURCES: Custom Builder: Lynbrook of Annapolis, Inc., lynbrookofannapolis.com Architect: Speight Studio Architects, Inc., speightstudio.com Interior Design: Farnady Interiors, farnadyinteriors.com Kitchen Designer: Kitchen Encounters, kitchenencounters.biz Kitchen Appliances: The Appliance Source, theappliancesource.com Doors and Windows: Loewen Windows of Mid-Atlantic, loewenwindowsofmidatlantic.com
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Greg Younger of Younger Construction has spent over a decade renovating and upgrading many of the Pate family’s previous homes. So, when the Pates bought an older house on the South River, Younger’s team anticipated a fairly straightforward renovation. The owners wanted something new, an updated, modern home with clean lines. As Younger looked at the shell, though, he realized that a renovation would not achieve their creative vision. A new start was needed. Younger knew that despite its deceivingly simple look, this would be a very complicated building. The straightforward design, with little ornamentation, meant that everything needed to fit perfectly, that any overhang needed to be engineered without visible support, that the cleanliness of the design left no room for error. And in the end it was the drive to do it right, to not compromise on the quality but build to the highest standard that propelled this home’s crisp geometry of white boxes punctuated with large expanses of dark glass, custommade by Loewen Windows of Annapolis. Brad Creer, of Bradford Design in Bethesda, had originally been brought in to design a kitchen as part of a relatively modest plan to renovate the old house. When the renovation plans changed, Creer gamely offered that he’d be happy to design the entire house, and the Pates took him up on it. Although not an architect by training (Creer retired from a career in marketing with large companies, including IBM), Creer has spent the last ten
The dining room table is made of glass and, when expanding, operated by visible gears. This playfully recalls the modernist tenet that there be “truth in materials.”
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Many different textures enliven the roomâ€™s neutral palette.
The kitchenâ€™s cylindrical shapes complement the homeâ€™s industrial sensibility.
years developing a reputation as a top kitchen designer in the mid-Atlantic. It is unique but not surprising that Creer would conceive and fine-tune this homeâ€™s exterior and interior design. Architect Carrie Walker finalized the plans and made it work to satisfy county regulations. Creer used a simple color palette, consistent materials, and strong horizontal lines to create a house that looks far larger than its modest size. One of the pleasures of this house is its technical magic. The guest room shower is an LED induced bit of synesthesia. The water glows a cool blue and heats up to a hot red as the temperature rises. The master bath has a walk-in shower, where you could wash a good-sized pony. Its smart enough that anyone in the family including the pony can type in their user number and in a few seconds be standing under not just their preferred shower heads, but also water heated to their desired temperature. Smart house features, installed by Audio Lighting Solutions, let Jill and her husband control their home from their phones, no matter where they happen to be. Lights, temperature, security system, and window shades can be operated from almost anywhere in the world with a swipe of a finger, a helpful feature when your work requires extensive travel.
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The master bedroom and bath continue the home’s neutral choreography. The house has more than a touch of glitz and glamour. The custom metal front gate, with a row of stars incorporated into the design, makes you think you’re in Miami or L.A. One of the things the Pates wanted was a house that reminds them of the hotels where they spend much of their time. Elizabeth Horne, a Washington, D.C. designer who collaborated on the interiors, says that “inspiration from hotels was a running influence” for the Pates. Her challenge was “to capture what the hotels had without repeating it.” Horne helped the Pates add color and texture to the interior. There’s a beautiful insert of backlit blue glass in the master shower. Its wavy texture, a subtle homage to the river outside, repeats in a red tile kitchen backsplash and a rippled accent wall in the bedroom. And then there’s the uber cool Roche Bobois dining table, which Horne discovered in a shop in her D.C. neighborhood. A set of large gears, as finely engineered as a Swiss watch, rest under the glass top. Hit a
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The pool’s water features ensure the continual sound of rushing water.
remote control and they silently turn, sliding a pair of glass leaves out from both ends. It’s a great marriage of modern and industrial with just the sort of Jetsonian convenience you’d expect here. The Pates, who are both dancers ( Jill was a Radio City Rockette), produce large dance competitions across the United States and around the world. Their work is about glamour and showmanship, and their new house, in a sense, reflects that. Like an exquisite performance, it’s about managing the details until it’s just right, until the audience is left awestruck by the show. AH
What’s Your Style? The home’s geometric exterior is accentuated by a linear flight of front stairs.
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It has often been said that scale is the most important element of design. This statement doesn’t fall short when it comes to selecting the perfect area rug for your room. A correctly scaled area rug will expand your eye with a layer of softness, while receiving the proportions of upholstery and furnishings that lay on it. Often, when initially meeting my clients, I find that they have purchased a rug with a special pattern or texture that they love, but once they’ve placed it in the room— floating in an island with the main seating group in a sea of wood—something feels off and they can’t seem to put their finger on what’s wrong. Sound familiar? In this case, by under scaling the rug you are actually visually shrinking the room, forcing your eye to draw only to the central grouping where you have compiled all the pattern, texture, and color. A correctly scaled rug will bring your eye first to see the overall size of the room and then to experience the beautiful things that sit on top of it. Determining the perfect rug for your space can be tricky both for the space plan and for your wallet. In more current architecture where the great room occurs often and multiple seating and conversational groupings are in place, I suggest always opting for a room sized rug—underlaying all seating areas together with one large area rug. Begin by determining your room’s focal point. Center the rug off of this feature, and then size the rug from there. The complete opposite applies if the room is oddly shaped or long and skinny: then you may want to over scale your rug on the diagonal. Furniture should not sit half on and half off your rug, and always be mindful of vent returns at the floor. Even in spaces with odd angles, the large scaled rug can be achieved with a custom make to mimic the architectural angles in the room. Sounds beautiful, but let’s face it, in today’s oversized rooms, an oversized handknotted rug will take up most of—if not more of—your entire budget, and customization of fine rugs will take months. In consideration of budgets and time restraints, I often get the correctly scaled rug by selecting a broadloom material and surging its edge. Many quality broadloom manufacturers offer a range in high quality wool and synthetics with a large spectrum of patterns and textures to choose from. Layering of many textures and patterns in your room give it dimension and interest, and your rug is one of these main elements. Selecting the right scale of pattern in the rug is equally as important. An over scaled rug with a soft overall pattern and color, or a washed or antiqued look in a hand-knotted rug, achieves the scale without overwhelming your room and distracting from the architecture of your space. Have a patterned area rug you have already purchased or an heirloom rug from your family to incorporate, but it’s too small? Try overlaying it on the diagonal by your main seating group and proceeding with a solid textured room-sized custom broadloom rug underneath. When the right rug is designed in consideration with scale, style, and feeling, the base of a beautiful interior can be created. AH
Courtney Griffin, Senior Residential Designer at Interior Concepts, Annapolis, began her education by studying Art and Art History and quickly developed an interest in interiors, obtaining a degree in Interior Design. She has been with Interior Concepts for ten years. Courtney has worked on many projects in various areas: beach homes in Sea Isle, New Jersey, luxury condominiums in West Palm Beach, Florida, mountain vacation homes in Big Sky, Montana, and many homes in the District of Columbia/Northern Virginia area. She is talented in all styles of design, from contemporary to Tuscan traditional.
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Whether you are a car or boat enthusiast, historian, or not, make sure you get over to the Ninth Annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, September 27. This is an extraordinary opportunity to step back in time and view what the French call “a parade of vintage cars” from across the country. You’ll find here many of the same world-class grand classic automobiles seen at the world-famous car shows Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Amelia Concours d’Elegance. Wander the waterside fairway, meet the contestants, partake of specialty beverages, and cast your vote. And, of course, watch the final parade. The event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, Maryland, and will include not only Grand Classic Automobiles (1900–1943) but also Significant Sports Cars (1948–1965), Wood Bodied Automobiles (to 1953), and Classic Wooden Speed Boats. All proceeds benefit the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.
Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and conclude after the award ceremony at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $40.00 per person. Children age ten and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance, through the website listed below, or in the Hyatt lobby the day of the event. Annapolis Home Magazine is a proud sponsor of this event. We will have a booth, so make sure you stop in to say hello. For additional information, visit the Concours website at smcde.org or call 410–822–8366. AH
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FR ED ER IC K DOUGL A S S
R OGER TANE Y
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Top: The current position of the 1872 statue of Roger B. Taney, at the front door of the State House. Bottom: The proposed position of a new statue of Frederick Douglass with the Roger Taney statue relocated.
Editor’s Note: Architect Chip Bohl proposes a modification to the monument at the Maryland State House to Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney. Taney authored the infamous Dred Scott Decision denying citizenship to African Americans during the Civil War era. A new statue would be created of Maryland native, ex-slave, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Taney will no longer cast his lone shadow on State Circle. He would be repositioned to face Douglass on equal ground.
Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney’s infamous Dred Scott Decision declared all African Americans to be forever slaves, with no rights of citizenship granted by the U.S. Constitution. The placement of his statue at the front door of the Maryland State House seven short years after the end of the Civil War was a blatant statement that the status quo of white landowner dominance was not to be questioned. To allow the statue of Taney to remain in this seat of honor is an untenable acquiescence to that status quo.
the abolition of slavery. He publicly debated constitutional law and congressional legislation, advocating that the U.S. Constitution was a declaration of human freedoms, not a document of property rights. Douglass had to flee the United States because of the Dred Scott Decision but said “my hopes were never brighter” that the Decision would bring slavery to the attention of the nation and help bring its abolition. The State of Maryland should honor its native son Frederick Douglass with a monument at the Maryland State House.
Frederick Douglass was born into enslavement in 1818. He ran away from Wye Plantation, Talbot County, Maryland, educated himself, and in 1845 wrote his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself. This is arguably the most famous and influential slave narrative ever written. Douglass became a national and international orator for
Frederick Douglass and Roger Brooke Taney define the polarity of the constitutional crisis of slavery in the United States. Their views of the Constitution, life, and liberty could not have been more different. Maryland may be unique among the States to be the birthplace and home of two individuals of such importance. They shared the national stage together at the peak of their accomplishments. Bringing them
T H E R O G ER TA N E Y S TAT U E S H O U LD B E MOV E D B U T N E V E R F O R G O T T E N A NEW FREDERICK DOUGL ASS STATUE SHOULD BE AT THE MARYL AND STATE HOUSE & TELL THE CONTINUING HISTORY OF THE CONSTITIONAL CRISIS OF ENSL AVEMENT. together in an educational monument will allow them to be more fully known. Knowledge of their time will inform us of our own time. The Taney Statue was positioned at a singularly prestigious place of honor: directly at the front door of the Maryland State House. The statue depicts Taney at about twice life size, seated on an elaborately carved cushioned seat. Taney is depicted as a somber figure, head downward facing, shoulders rounded, and back bent. While he sits on a seat of power, authority, and privilege, his countenance is one of exhaustion. “The Constitution” book supporting his arm is by contrast solid, firm, and straight. The statue is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century American neoclassical art, created by acclaimed sculptor William Henry Rinehart whose other works are in the National Gallery of Art, Walters Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The symbolism that Maryland native Rinehart sculpted
into the Taney statue is deep and complex. But the very presence of the statue in this place of honor is not so subtle. The population of African Americans in Annapolis grew from about 40 percent to 50 percent after the Civil War. This meant that half of the people living in Annapolis had to walk past the statue of the man honored for ruling that they could not be free nor citizens. The exquisite Taney statue provided the symbol that white landowners’ control would not be interrupted by the results of the Civil War. A second statue of identical bronze casting was placed at the same time in Baltimore’s prestigious Mount Vernon Place, with Taney facing the Washington Monument. We need a new monument at the front door of the Maryland State House. With statues of Frederick Douglass and Roger Taney placed together, the monument can tell of the constitutional crisis of enslavement, the tragedy of the Civil War, and its tumultuous aftermath.
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The Taney Statue would be relocated, turned 90 degrees and shifted off the building centerline. It would then face a new statue of Douglass. Both statues would be equidistant from the centerline of the State House. Thus an open central axis is created for people to stand on the educational terrace, between the two statues, and see the beauty of the State House front door, porch, and dome. From a preservation point of view, the Taney statue is preserved and retained without modification. More important, it becomes an indispensable part of a larger more significant monument. This is an opportunity to more fully describe Taney’s view of the Constitution, and to explore the fact that he emancipated his own slaves many years before the Civil War and provided pensions for those individuals that could not work. The Frederick Douglass Statue would be a new bronze portrait figure. There is no significant monument to Douglass at the Maryland State House, clearly one of Maryland’s most important native sons, and whose 200th birthday will be celebrated in 2018. The new standing statue of Douglass would be the same scale as Taney, about two times life size, and stand as high
as Taney, about 14 feet. Douglass should be standing, with a posture and look that is willful, positive, and determined, as are many of his photographic portraits. He should be depicted at about forty years of age, the time of the Dred Scott Decision and his most important contributions. He should be standing on a stone base, carved as course uneven ground that shows no advantage, privilege, or comfort. The beauty of this monument is that people stand in the middle of the terrace. They are on the centerline of the front door to the State House. They will walk between the likenesses of two important Maryland individuals and learn their stories and an important part of the story of the United States. The recent removal of the Confederate battle flags in South Carolina helps to correct a State-sponsored spirit of bitterness and hate. The State of Maryland should correct the misplaced honorary seat of Roger Taney. The State should also recognize the importance of Frederick Douglass on his 200th birthday. Here is the opportunity to do both and create an important educational monument for all of America. AH
To follow and support the monument of Frederick Douglass and Roger Taney Together please visit: FrederickDouglass-RogerTaney.com Architect Chip Bohl is currently working on projects in Annapolis, Los Angeles, and upstate New York. He and his wife owned and restored “Twin Oaks,” the summer home of Frederick Douglass in Highland Beach, Maryland, built in 1895 for him by his son Charles Douglass.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture We close out our special issue on custom building with a public building now under construction: the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum occupies the last available space on the National Mall and is situated between the National Museum of American History and 15th Street, next to the Washington Monument. The two principal architects are Philip Freelon and David Adjaye. Adjaye, who is recognized as one of the leading architects of his generation in the UK and beyond, serves as Lead Designer for the project. The Freelon Group has earned recognition for its design of museums with African and African American themes. Davis Brody Bond and the SmithGroup are also part of the architectural team.
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