Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dresden Enterprise Apr 24 1896 - The Illustrated Edition Part 20 "Some of Our Elegant Homes"

This is the twentieth in a multi-part series featuring the April 24 1896 edition of the Dresden Enterprise.  If you missed the previous posts you can find them here: part onepart two, part threepart fourpart fivepart sixpart sevenpart eightpart ninepart tenpart elevenpart twelvepart thirteenpart fourteenpart fifteenpart sixteenpart seventeenpart eighteen, part nineteen.

Some of our Elegant Homes

The handsome brick residence of Hon. John R. Thomason and wife, formerly the old Gardner homestead, was built by Major Alfred Gardner, deceased, and which has in days gone by been a place where a large family amid social pleasures reigned supreme.  It has been thoroughly remodeled, and is described as follows:

The entrance to the grand hall is beautifully frescoed in pale tints; the hall divided in the center by silken portierrers; stairway heavily carved, with handsome newel posts; the whole being lighted form a skylight.  On the right you enter the drawing-room or parlor, done in pink and white; furniture heavily upholstered in brocade satin in light shades, no two pieces alike, which is quite novel; cabinet mantel, large mirror with brackets in the sides; wood-work, maple; Aixminster carpet, pink, shaded roses, on cream ground.  Dining room--soft shades of green and red; wood-work, English oak, heavily carved; table, chairs and sideboard to match; Royal Wilton carpet.  Family Room--Furniture and wood-work, walnut; large extensive bay windows, giving a fine southern exposure and a beautiful view of the lawn.  Guest Chamber--Rich mahogany furniture and wood-work to correspond; Aixminster carpet in Persian color, very handsome.  Guest-Chamber--Furniture and wood, red oak; blue and cream carpet, draperies to match; cabinet mantle with mirror.  Bed Room--Birch furniture and wood-work; carpet and trimming, red and gold.  Library--Lower room green and red; book cases, table and chairs, oak.

Thus, with porches without number, a commodious bath-room, closets, pantries, a large kitchen, with all the modern improvements, make this one of the handsomest homes in West Tennessee.

As will be seen from the cut, J.W. Moran, president of the Dresden Bank has a magnificent residence--not completed yet, it is true, but an inspection of the interior--which consists of thirteen rooms, including large reception room, front parlor, library and dining hall--will show their beauty and utility.  All these rooms are connected by double doors, and will be handsomely finished in oak, with cabinet mantels.  Besides these, are the large living room down-stairs, little Miss Marion's room (this was actually J.W. Moran's room, Marion was upstairs), and many closets and other conveniences.  Leading up from the reception hall is a wide staircase, that adds much to its beauty.  Up-stairs are a number of bed-rooms, set apart for certain members of the family, and a large airy guest-chamber in the northwest corner.  In the attic is an immense tank, which will supply water for the bath-rooms.  The house has double floors, double walls besides the plastering, and is in every way more substantially built than are the houses of to-day.  there are forty-five windows in the building, and the whole structure rests on a firm foundation.  It will be expensively and tastily furnished throughout, but will not be ready for occupancy before fall.  Mr. Moran is worth much to the town, and we wish we had more men with his financial ability to adorn Dresden with such homes.

Continued on page 9.   Unfortunately, that part of the newspaper is missing.  Hopefully I will come across at a later time.

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