Monday, December 31, 2012

Maymont, Richmond

Richmond is full of historic house museums as you've seen in my previous posts.  One last museum I'll share with you is Maymont.
Built in Romanesque style by architect Edgerton Stewart Rogers in 1893 high above the banks of the James River, the mansion and 100 acre estate was home to James and Sallie Dooley.
The house and grounds have been a public museum and park since 1925 when Mrs. Dooley passed away.
 The imposing stone facade hides a rather giddy and over the top Victorian interior.
 The grounds are beautiful with stunning views down to the river.
The original outbuildings of the estate survive and are used to this day in the maintenance of the house and park.
 I especially loved this carriage barn with service court. Wouldn't this make a charming house?
 The water tower is located right behind the carriage house.
The Dooleys are buried together on the estate on a bluff overlooking the James river in a beautiful mausoleum designed by William Churchill Noland.

6 comments:

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I am now officially jealous of your Richmond visit. The funny thing is that I am so much closer to Richmond than you and I never go. Now I'll have to go.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Kerry, we never visit the things in our own backyard -only when we travel! haha So much in DC I still have never seen *sigh*. Maybe this year!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

That elegant mausoleum reminds me of the equally classy architecture found in Pittsburgh's Homewood Cemetery.

Happy new year, Stefan!

Windlost said...

Wow. I have visited Richmond on a civil war trip with David but had no idea of all the bounty I missed!

Thanks for educating me all year.

Happy New Year!! And may 2013 be a healthy and prosperous one for you!

xo Terri

lostpastremembered said...

Happy New Year!!! I look forward to seeing what's inside this place> I am with you about great carriage houses.... I would love living in one. I had a friend years ago who lucked into one on Long Island. It was amazing and the grounds were like living on a park.

Ann said...

The barn is amazing. I've got a thing for historic barns growing up with horses. Actually both my husband and I ride, that's how we met. Anyways, have you seen the book "british stable"? It is niche but there are some gorgeous animal spaces!