The children have made a map of the world in dirt. It includes cut-out ships and animals.
Category Archives: design
Beautiful vines and interesting columns. And I really like the four small sconces — one on each side of the door and one at each corner.
There were similar vines and sconces on this other North Carolina house here.
Oakland house was probably built between 1823 and 1828 for Elizabeth Williams Thorne Drake and either her first or second husband. It still stands, but, at some point after the 1930s, the porch was rebuilt to match the late Federal “temple form” style of the rest of the house. You can see it about 2012 here and here.
More big (boxwood) love. . .
The house is more often called the Nelson House for the family that built it in the 1740s and owned it throughout the 19th century. George and Adele Blow purchased it and began to restore it in 1914. In 1968, it became a National Park Service site.
The front of Nelson House in 1915. This photo is part of an Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS).
(There’s a photo of the front of the house and the younger boxwoods in 1862 here.)
The garden during the Blow’s ownership was designed by Charles Freeman Gillette, a landscape architect known for working in the Colonial Revival style. Today, little remains. The giant boxwoods at the front of the house are gone.
*All photos here via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
“Women on the steps of a multi-story white building with dark timbering,” between 1906 and 1942 (I think before 1920), an autochrome by Arnold Genthe, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The small size of the digital copy of this image makes it difficult to be sure whether the walk areas are brick (like the steps). But I believe they are. (They could be something like decomposed granite.) I love how the tree has been preserved as part of the space.