Wednesday, June 23, 2010

When The Hannibal C. Ford Residence Was For Sale

The estate of Hannibal Choate Ford, designed by Leon H. Smith c. 1930 in Kings Point. Ford was an inventor and founder of the Ford Instrument Company which later became the Sperry Corporation and is credited with inventing "the first mechanical brain for controlling gunfire" as well as "the world's first automatic tracking bombsight and the first time-of-flight clock". In 1909 he helped Elmer A. Sperry in the development of his gyroscope and would go on to become chief engineer of that company. He left Sperry in 1915 to form his own company (which would later be rolled into Sperry) and became president of Ford Instruments in 1930, the same year he built this house. In 1940 he was given the Modern Pioneer Award by the National Association of Manufacturers for the observance of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. patent system. Ford died at this house in 1955 at the age of 77. Click HERE to see the H.C. Ford residence on google earth and HERE on bing.

Brochure courtesy of SPLIA.


Turner Pack Rats said...

what style is that sun room exactly? i like the terrace but if a place screams yard sale, this is it. isn't that all WPA reproduction furniture?
zach must be in his colonial period for a theme this week.

security word def - "slyarki" - bill clinton

Anonymous said...

I always liked the choice of the golden-hued blocks over the standard red brick.

Anonymous said...

FINALLY "Rose Terrace" on YouTube -

There are four total videos to watch. Link above is part 1 of 3. ECHOES OF SPLENDOR - THE DODGE MANSION, A TOUR OF ROSE TERRACE. WWJ-TV{old channel 4} with Ted Russell c. 1971. Split into three parts because of YouTube rules - ten minutes max for each upload. View it in full screen to fully appreciate Anna Dodge's masterpiece at its best before the wrecking ball did its work. The fourth video is a copulation of any and all photos with informative text set to music. In order to cram it all in some of the photos might go by quicker then you have time to absorb - just pause - and see rare photos dating back to 1938.

I had passed on the existence of to the webmaster of this site -

I recently checked his blog and he in turn has pointed out a neat little trick - there is a "Compare Tools" box at the top of the map - click on it and choose either "Swipe" or "Dissolve". Swipe changes the landscape from dates chosen as you slide across the landscape. Try it to fully understand. Go from 1939 to present and see the changes over time in a smooth manner.

The first YouTube video that I've seen of "Wingwood House" -

and El Mirasol -

Also by same person three Whitemarsh Hall uploads to look for.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Half Pudding, have you ever seen the 3 posts I did earlier this year about Wingwood House? If not, they might interest you

The Down East Dilettante said...

Duh, of course it would help if I gave links:

Just as a matter of interest, pieces of Wingwood floated around our area for years--mantels, columns, carvings, wall paintings, and I've owned several of them---superb, superb top quality carving and craftsmanship---clearly the Stotesburys spared no expense. An American Legion Hall near here has some salvaged marble trim on its facade.

Southgate said...

$400,000? Can you even imagine!