Monthly Archives: May 2013

On The Street…Walla Walla, WA

Gatehouse Fort Walla Walla

Gatehouse Fort Walla Walla

This is the gatehouse of what was Fort Walla Walla . The property is now the Veterans Administration Hospital.  Regardless for which institution this structure guards the gate, it does it in style. Note, the slate roof, copper downspout and gracefully  carver stone  cap. Walla Walla, WA, USA, Classical 1895

On The Street…Walla Walla, WA

Queen Anne House Walla Walla

Queen Anne House Walla Walla

Horror Vacui

The Victorians often ascribed to a design idea that is  sometimes  unfairly described as “horror vacui” (fear of the empty.) The smart owner of this property is perhaps playing with that idea in their use of a generous amount of embellishments. Regardless, the result is a personal and effective expression of a design concept. Walla Walla, WA, USA. Queen Anne, 1895

Thinking About…Italianate vs Italian Villa

Italianate House, Walla Walla

Italianate

Italian Villa, Walla Walla

Italian Villa

Are you looking at a house and trying to decide if the style is Italianate or Italian Villa?  I understand the dilemma, I have developed this little memory trick to remind myself… if it has a tower to see over the “hill(a)”  it is Italian Villa.  Walla Walla, WA, USA. Italianate 1890, Italian Villa, 1895

On The Street…Leavenworth, WA

Superb Neo Barvarian Woodwork

Superb Neo Bavarian Woodwork

Wonderful Hillside Site

Wonderful Hillside Site

Elaborate Balcony Details

Elaborate Balcony Details

Amazing Window Craftsmanship

Amazing Window Craftsmanship

There is some very impressive craftsmanship on display in this supurb cottage in Leavenworth. Leavenworth is a town in Washington that has become popular because it is has implemented a Bavarian theme. Note the dovetailing of the window sill, the real working shutters and the elaborate scroll saw work. Leavenworth, WA,USA, Neo Bavarian, 2010

On The Street…Fairhaven, Bellingham, WA

Front View Lairmont Manor

Front View Lairmont Manor

Side View of Lairmont Manor

Side View of Lairmont Manor

Side Court with Pergola

Side Court with Pergola

Side Court with Fountian

Side Court with Fountain

Concrete Urn

Concrete Urn

Lairmont Manor was designed in the Italian Renaissance style by architect Carl Gould.  (Carl Gould was also responsible for the wonderful Suzzallo Library on the University of Washington campus.)  Built for Charles Larrabee, it was occupied by the family until 1914. It was then purchased by the Sisters of St Joseph and used by them as Mount Saint Mary’s Novitiate and Provincial House. In 1967 it was purchased by the Douglas family and is now superbly maintained by a nonprofit trusteeship which hosts events. The proceeds go to preserve the manor and enrich the community. Wouldn’t this be a fantastic place to get married? Fairhaven, Bellingham, WA, USA. Carl Gould, Italian Renaissance, 1915