Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Architectural and Design Elements, Moran Place

Early photo, grand staircase, small sitting nook
and fireplace. 
Moran Place is a feast for the eyes. Construction began in 1895.   It is a modified version of George Barber's design no. 36 from the book Cottage Souvenir no. 2.   The book was loaned out to another branch of Moran's and does not seem to have been returned.  Several Moran relatives built magnificent Victorian homes perhaps based on George Barber's designs.  Ida Moran and her husband Will G. Timberlake built a huge Victorian home near Jackson Tennessee.  Some of the Texas relatives had majestic Victorian homes as well.

This is one of my favorite pictures.  Taken from inside the attic
looking out.  It very much looks like a rainbow.

The first floor of Moran Place has a Master bedroom with huge closet and a private room off the side.  One bathroom, a front parlor, sitting room also called the library, a large formal dining room, large kitchen with a laundry room, huge entrance which includes a small cubby area under the main grand staircase (seen in the photo above) and a sitting area in the main hall.  The narrow servants stairs are in the back.  There are six fireplaces on the first floor alone and there is a large wrap around front porch.

Wallpaper from an upstairs bedroom.
The second floor has four bedrooms, one bathroom, a large sitting area, a turret room, four fireplaces, a small outdoor space overlooking the front yard. Some of the rooms were painted while others had wallpaper, even the ceilings had wallpaper. At one time plantation shutters covered the windows.  The windows at the top of the house are done in beautiful stained glass as is the window in the dining room.

The narrow servants staircase.

The Victorian was not the original Moran home.  The Moran lot was large enough that the "old" house stayed in place while construction of the "new" Victorian house was in progress.  While the original furnishings probably came from the "old" house family lore says that most of the large ornate furnishings came a bit later from the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904.

The huge third floor may have at one time been used as a sewing room and most definitely as storage space.

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