A few weeks ago, my brother and I were looking through some of my father's old photographs and I took some home to scan and distribute to my siblings. This picture had fallen out of the cache and I found it in my car this morning. It's the front of the house that I showed in the last post.
There were 24 steps leading up to the front porch. At the landing, there were two huge old white azaleas. The porch was about 10-feet wide and was paved with terra-cotta tiles. It extended beyond the sides of the house by about 12 feet on either side and was wonderfully shady. There were huge old roses along the thick stone wall surrounding the porch.
It's hard to see, but there are two chinoiserie-style lanterns hanging in front of the columns. There were always loads of hanging plants and flowers, as well as urns and planters filled with geraniums, impatience and other flowers. Most unfortunately, the arriviste family who bought the house pulled out all of the roses and azaleas, as well as the hedge at the bottom of the hill. They also got rid of a lot of the interior details, including a spectacular mirror and fireplace surround.
I am still hunting for the detail photos of the inside of the house. I can't imagine I would have gotten rid of them, so they're around in some storage box.