Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tennessee Mansion




This picture shows a mansion in Savannah, Tennessee. It shows many of the classic characteristics I expect to see in a mansion. It has a magnificent porch, with rocking chairs, and a grand balcony. I would have perhaps prefered round columns but the square ones are themselves fairly impressive.

I am always curious about the railing around the roof. It makes it look as if there is an observation deck on the roof, but I wonder if the railing is just decorative. Has anyone ever been up on one of these grand houses? I don't see how you could give people walking access to the roof without creating a leak problem.

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  1. Many older mansions had roof access to allow the residents a view of the estate surroundings, and to provide a breeze in warmer months.
    The access was a small covered cove near the rear of the house. This diminished leaks quite effectively.
    I would have thought that such a nice house would have better landscaping around the front though.

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  2. This week's theme is a good one. I can't wait to see what's ahead. Thank you for a such a fun look back into history.

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  3. I like old mansions.

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  4. Here in S.E.Louisiana we have several Ante-Bellum Plantation homes each in a different architectural style and several of them have "widow walks" on the roof. The lady of the house might use it to view the Mississippi River, looking for her husband who was a paddlewheeler Capitan. She was a "paddlewheel widow" since hubby would be gone for long periods of time. Remotely like "golf widows" of today!








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  5. We visited a house in Tennessee with a balcony very similar to this one. The wall under the windows in the master bedroom opened to make a doorway (hard to explain) and in the hottest part of the summer the owners and his wife would sleep out on the porch. What they did about mosquitos is another matter entirely.

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  6. Lovely picture. Looking forward to this week's photos. Thanks.

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  7. Speaking of Tennessee mansions, my daughter received a huge doll house model of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage from the aunt for which she was named. It has electric lights! It is still in our attic. The plan was to pass it on to our granddaughter, but they don't have the room for it

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