Tag Archives: 1915

On The Street…Walla Walla, WA

Brother Can You Spare a Quoin?

Brother Can You Spare a Quoin?

What’s a Quoin? It’s the square blocks at the corners of the walls. In this example, although they are a decorative interpretation of what was historically a structural element, they lend a feeling of strength and stability. It’s a design device used quite commonly in Italianate houses.  This is an interesting home also because it is unusual to see a more contemporary metal roof on an Italianate house. I feel it lends an attractive fresh  look to the style. Walla Walla, WA, USA, Italianate, 1915

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