Future home of the Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast in Uniontown, PA.
This mansion was built by T.S. Lackey around 1909. Mr. Lackey was a lawyer for the Coal Baron, J.V. Thompson whose, Oak Hill Estate, was developed in 1903 and conceptualized by the architect Daniel Burnham (the Architect of the Flatiron Building & the creator of "The Plan of Chicago" published in 1909. Mr. Thompson chopped out 5 1/2 acres for Mr. Lackey moderately sized home (only 11,000sqft, compared to Oak Hill at over 18,300sqft). After Mr. Lackey had passed on, the home was the site of a family murder suicide. It was purchased by the Saint Anthony Friary and has been a Friary for the last 50 years.
When looking for Architectural styles, Colonial Revival was a combination of many earlier styles. The following was my attempt to refine the classification of the architecture & was taken from "A Field Guide to American Houses" by Virginia & Lee McAlester ... A must have book for anyone interested in American Architectural History.
Colonial Revival: 1800 to ~1940's
• "Colonial Revival" refers to the entire rebirth of interest in the early English & Dutch houses of the Atlantic seaboard. The Georgian & Adams styles form the backbone. Details from 2 or more styles are freely combined so a pure copy is far less common than an eclectic mixture.
• principle sub-type:
- Hipped roof with full width porch - built before 1915
- Asymmetrical - porch arrangements (side porch)
• Variants & Details: as with Georgian and Adam prototypes - entrances, cornices and windows
- Windows: multi-pane upper sashes hung above lower sashes that have a single large pane are common (windows at chapel either side of the front door)
-- also seen in Craftsman - and these would not have had window mullions in the lower sash (like your house - but this is more likely due to replacement window cost, as the upper sash would have vertical mullions)
- Masonry predominates in high style examples
Georgian: 1700's to 1830's
• Roof balustrades (after 1750)
• Pedimented dormers (1720-80's)
• Deep cornice with emphasized dentils
• Corner coins (1720 - 1780's)
• High belt line stone foundation - emphasized floor level
Adams: 1780's to 1840's
• Emphasized cornice (often deeper than Georgian) as found on your house w/ dentils
• Hipped three story (although more common in the south & with lower slope roof)
• Palladian windows (three part windows like those at the chapel front & the third story cross gable above the front door)
- the third story windows are set in a wooden frame (architrave) more common in masonry for both
Georgian & Adams (usually omitted in Adams after 1800)
• Elliptical windows "high style elaborations" (South West wall - stain glass - 2nd story above the built-in porch)
• Flat stone lintel and sills at windows in masonry (decorative window crowns far less common in masonry examples)
All of this can be helpful when trying to piece together a restoration or renovation and allows for a more focused search than the often overused Colonial Revival.
Painting of the 1909 TS Lackey House
Phase one - Kitchen Addition for Bed & Breakfast
Graded walk with bench and planted area accented by stone bowl, rain chains
1909 TS Lackey House - before - Note, the double door and brick vestibule were added. It will be removed for a more traditional entry interior vestibule.
Copy of original survey from 1909
Grand Stair - before renovation - 2nd floor
3rd floor Bedroom
eyebrow window in Attic / 4th floor
Widow's walk with a view of Uniontown and the Laurel Highlands
Proposed Kitchen addition