Since I missed last weeks Friday Fantasies due to the fact that Ash and I had company, so today I’m going to offer TWO fantasy homes. The first is in sunny California and it is probably the best example of Eastlake (and only according to one of my professors): The Carson Mansion. BTW, Charles Eastlake, the creator of the excessively ornamented furniture for which the architectural style was named, absolutely despised having his name applied to buildings he had nothing to do with designing.
The Carson Mansion was built by William Carson in 1884 who made his fortune in lumber. It is now privately owned by the Ignomar Club and they have a lovely website for it that you can see here.
For our second fantasy we’ll head to the south. Natchez Mississippi to be exact. To see Nutt’s Folly, better known as Longwood. Longwood is a Brick Octagon mansion with an onion dome and as some of my followers know I am a big octagon style fan (even if I do think Orson Fowler and Phrenology are a bit strange). Another interesting tidbit about Nutt’s Folly is that its exterior was used for the home of vampire king Russell Edgington in HBO’s True Blood.
The Story of Longwood is an interesting one and I stumbled across this website with great floor plans and information.
Hope you enjoyed today’s fantasies, and get to visit sometime.