Monday, November 24, 2008

Christmas Tour of Homes: The Van Court Town House

Van Court Town House
510 Washington Street
Home of Benny Riddle & Cliff Davis

The Van Court Townhouse was built in 1835 for James Ferguson by the Natchez contracting firm of Neibert & Gemmel. It is a rare combination of Federal and Greek Revival architecture. Both styles blend at the front entrance, where a beautiful Federal style fanlight crowns the front door, which is framed by Grecian pilasters. The lacy cast iron porch was probably added in the 1850s. The rooms are arranged in a side hall plan. Note the graceful hallway staircase extending with unbroken handrail from the first to the third story.

Present owners, Cliff Davis and Benny Riddle, have created a new and original ambience with their careful renovation of this historic townhouse at the corner of Washington and North Union. Respectful nods to the history of the original 1835 house are seen throughout, with such touches as the handsomely framed black and white renderings by architect Hayes Town, discovered through Cliff’s research. Also of note is the lovingly restored 1850 carved rosewood grand piano in the front hallway, which displays photographs of the original owner. Throughout the interior are many antique furnishings and accessories that showcase Benny and Cliff’s love for collecting, as well as Benny’s many years as a visual artist.

Come see Van Court in all her glory. See the Italian marble mantels festooned with magnolia and magnificence, as well as the uniquely beautiful banister draped for the holiday from the first to the third floor.

A visit to this home and its lovely garden will truly give you an early Christmas treat!

Sunday, December 7, 2 - 5 pm
$15.00 one ticket ($25 two tickets)

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