Category Archives: Italianate architecture

Hotel Alcazar: Another Henry Flagler grand hotel

Across the street from the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, developed by East Florida railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler, is another of Flagler’s grand hotels built with the vision of enticing wealthy East Coast elites to the “Ancient City” of … Continue reading

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The Great Clock at St. Paul’s Cathedral

This is not the Great Clock–Langley Bradley’s “celebrated piece of mechanism…in the year 1708, in accordance with the instructions given by the great architect of the structure, Sir Christopher Wren” (The Nottinghamshire Guardian, Apr 2, 1869, p. 10).  Wren’s plans for … Continue reading

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A meandering trail to track a clock and its host building, or: How to spend 10 1/2 hours researching one building

Nota bene:  If 10 1/2 hours were not enough, I went back to the drawing board and discovered the Cross Street Building after all, by locating an additional newspaper item.  See that information further down in the discussion. Buckle your … Continue reading

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The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences, Kensington Gore

  Royal Albert Hall was constructed along with the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens.  Her Majesty the Queen Victoria announced the planned opening for March 29, 1871 (The Pall Mall Gazette, January 26, 1871, p. 14). Indeed, the Royal Albert Hall … Continue reading

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Sarah Smith Russell house

The circa 1880 one-story frame house at 28 St. Catherine bears “echoes of the Italianate style” or Vernacular Italianate and was constructed by at least 1886″ at the beginning of Queen Anne period in Natchez” (Mary Warren Miller, 1995, NRHP … Continue reading

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Standard Oil Company, Jackson

The Standard Oil Company building is located on the site of the old Bowman Hotel, constructed in 1857 and burned in 1863 during the Civil War (Historic Jackson Walking Tour, MDAH).  It housed a full-service gas station, to the left … Continue reading

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On the road to Aberdeen: Commerce Street

Commerce Street in Aberdeen is eye candy.  Even though they have installed the apparently compulsory awning in historic districts in Mississippi towns, which obscures some of the building details, it is still a lovely street to walk down…or up as … Continue reading

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Le Droit Building aka International Spy Museum

Washington, DC’s Le Droit Building was constructed in 1875, designed by James McGill in the Italianate commercial style of the period, and intended for office use (  The building was designated a historic landmark through the National Register of Historic … Continue reading

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East College Street on the Courthouse Square

I may never be able to leave Holly Springs.  Two buildings on this block drew my eye–the Art Deco building, and the Italianate (or Renaissance Revival, depending on the reference) at the corner.   The nomination form for the National … Continue reading

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Marshall County Courthouse

Architect Fletcher Sloan designed the Italianate, Colonial Revival styled courthouse in Holly Springs, and Spires Boling built it.  Sloan went on to become the assistant state architect for Mississippi in 1872.  The design resembles the Lafayette County courthouse in Oxford … Continue reading

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