Sunday, June 14, 2009

Building history

We popped up to Oxford again to take in some Shakespeare... And get a peek at a little known Calvert Vaux Villa that was built in Oxford. Vaux was the designer jointly responsible for New Yorks Central Park, Prospect Park and Fort Greene Park.. I know his work from research on Olana in upstate new York-never did I dream that a building of his would be in Mississippi. The building is clearly an example of Vaux's
Cottages and Villas
series, part of his collaboration with Andrew Downing...but was the story behind the construction? Some citings say completed in 1859, some say 1861 where it was left incomplete due to the war......More stylistic mysteries here in Mississippi.

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