My favorite house in the entire world - The Villa Mare located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The exterior was used as Julia Sugarbaker’s House in Designing Women, however, no interior shots were used for the show.
I’ve been to this house but never saw the inside. So neat.
George Awsumb was the architect behind some of the most beautiful buildings in Memphis until his death in 1959. “Norwegian born, he was reared in Wisconsin, started working in barn construction in 1898 and graduated with an architecture degree from the University of Illinois in 1906. After working for J. C. Llewellyn of Chicago for two years, he was the recipient of a traveling scholarship, which sent him to study the architecture of France and England. He moved to Memphis from Chicago in 1919.” (Source)
The Walker Wellford Jr. House, in the Hedgemoor neighborhood, is probably my favorite private home in Memphis. It was built in 1949. “This is an extraordinary house, perhaps the best example of Art Deco-International Style to be found in Memphis. The massing is energetic and the detailing is impeccable. The use of natural stone adds texture and scale to the building and is a unique variation of the earlier Bauhaus based International Style.” (Quote source) (Picture source)
Idlewild Presbyterian Church’s gothic building was built in 1928 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 7th, 2009. (Picture and info source)
Awsumb had his children’s faces carved in stone in one of the doorways at Idlewild. The Memphis Flyer has an updated picture with his now 91 year old daughter standing under her likeness. (Source)
Baron Hirsch Synagogue. “Its former building, an impressive International Style structure built in the 1950s is a US Historic District Contributing Property and the centerpiece of the Vollintine Hills Historic District, a cohesive collection of 78 post-World War II Minimal Traditional and ranch-style houses built around the former synagogue by members of the congregation.” (Source)
My house. The first picture is the shipping label, found in the attic - the house is a Sears kit house, ordered from Sears Roebuck and Co., and was shipped here and built in 1920.
It was the first house in the area; the family sold off most of the land after WWII to developers. Now very much in the center of the city - this was the original owners’ country house, as their primary residence was in downtown Memphis. The address on the label is to a rural route, which is neat.
It’s addressed to Mrs. W.P. McIntosh. Dr. McIntosh was a pathology professor for UT Memphis, and he was on staff the first year it opened. His picture can be found in an exhibit at the Pink Palace.
The house stayed in the family for over 70 years - one of his daughters lived here until the late 1990s.
A few months ago, when I popped in Mary Poppins for the first time in decades, I expected to find it had only appreciated in value; after all, the other Julie Andrews singing spectacular from 1965, The Sound of Music, gets even better if you watch it again as a grown-up, since you’re more likely to fully appreciate the performances by Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Eleanor Parker as the Baroness (not to mention that wonderfully tender ballad between the film’s two grown-up lovers, “Something Good”). The Sound of Music is sturdily structured and well-cast down to its smallest roles; rewatching it now, there’s really not a superfluous scene.