T.S. Lackey House - The future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast

Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Location
  • Uniontown, Pennsylvania
  • This project page was created by community member Robert C Chenoweth

    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 Photo  of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    Painting of the 1909 TS Lackey House

    Phase one - Kitchen Addition for Bed & Breakfast Photo 2 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    Phase one - Kitchen Addition for Bed & Breakfast

    Graded walk with bench and planted area accented by stone bowl, rain chains Photo 3 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    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. Photo 4 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    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.

    Dining room  Photo 5 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    Dining room

    Copy of original survey from 1909 Photo 6 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    Copy of original survey from 1909

    Dining room Photo 7 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    Dining room

    Grand Stair - before renovation - 2nd floor Photo 8 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    Grand Stair - before renovation - 2nd floor

    3rd floor Bedroom Photo 9 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    3rd floor Bedroom

    eyebrow window in Attic / 4th floor Photo 10 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    eyebrow window in Attic / 4th floor

    Widow's walk with a view of Uniontown and the Laurel Highlands Photo 11 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    Widow's walk with a view of Uniontown and the Laurel Highlands

    Proposed Kitchen addition Photo 12 of T.S. Lackey House - The  future Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast modern home

    Proposed Kitchen addition