|Water level at the side door from hurricane
This doorway is on the ground floor of the mansion and the water was at 6.5 ft., flooding the original kitchen, plant room and storage areas of the house.
The house was constructed of two walls of brick with space between to run later duct work and electrical wiring. I'm sure the double walls helped the house withstand hurricane forces and helped insulate it as well. How do you describe the wealthy trappings of this house? I can't begin to explain it, but I'll try---a floor to ceiling stained glass window on the stair landing leading to the second floor, the gold trim, the ornate ceilings and fresco walls, the complicated carved wood trim in the house, the furniture, the tiled fireplaces...I've seen mansions of famous people from this era in different parts of the country and this one really is amazing!
|Tiled porch outside front door of mansion