Wednesday, June 6, 2012


 'Lauderdale', the Henry Hobart Porter estate designed by Barney & Chapman c. 1900 in Lawrence.  Click HERE for more on 'Lauderdale'.  Click HERE to see the estate on google earth and HERE on bing.

Photos from The Brickbuilder, 1902.


Kellsboro Jack said...

I'm sure others will take issue with its hulking mass and perhaps heavy handed declaration of 'look at me' but I like it. Years ago Richard Guy Wilson made the remark (with another manor) as being a chest thumping proclamation of success by the dimensions and overworked detail. This house walks a fine line but doesn't go over the top.

With the modern day Bing view is that a 2-story conservatory beside the house or perhaps a one-time indoor tennis court?

The neighboring properties, in a bit of a rarity, lack mature trees but are in keeping with an established manor theme. It certainly beat the ranch style home yards away from a sprawling Tudor.

archibuff said...

Hulking? Not at all. The half timbering and dormers actually bring the scale down considerably. Also great stonework details surrounding the unusual entrance area.

The conservatory building supposedly contains an indoor pool.

The Down East Dilettante said...

well, 'others' don't take issue with it's mass, or even hulking (we tend to be a bit massy and hulking ourselves nowadays), but we do think the house not particularly well designed (degree of ornamentation is not design, it's degree of ornamentation---it's what you do with the ornament that makes it design. I see nicely executed details that don't particularly flow. Excuse me, I meant 'others' see :-)