Often described as classical and formal, Georgian architecture is a personal favorite. The orderly, symmetrical proportions and general restraint of a true Georgian home presents itself gracefully – and grandly. When you see a pure in form example, it demands attention.
This beautiful estate home on Old Country Lane is one of the distinctive Kentucky homes designed by Louisville architect Stratton Owen Hammon. Known for his Georgian and Colonial Revival homes, Hammon was admitted in 1930 as just the thirtieth accredited architect in the newly formed American Institute of Architects. The Old Country Lane home was built 1953, and remodeled and enlarged in 2002. Its period style stayed true to its origin.
1. Proportioned front exterior
Georgian style is defined by a perfectly proportioned front exterior. Classic Greek elements adorn the front exterior – Ionic columns (identified by twin scrolls), detailed entablature, and a pediment. True to the Georgian definition, proportioned mathematical ratios determine the height and width of the windows spaced in perfect placement within classic red brick.
2. Symmetrical nature
To further exhibit the symmetrical nature of classical style, the home has four, equally sized chimneys. Tall and stately, they provide dimension and visual weight to the overall presence of the home. Full size, wooden louvered shutters are painted a soft, historically nuanced green.
3. Formal Garden
A Monet’s Giverny (France) inspired formal garden, seen through a similar subtle green wooden fencing, adds to the formality and grandness of the home. A set of Chippendale styled gates provides access to the travel inspired garden area.
4. A closer look at the layered landscaping reveals a few surprises. Neatly clipped hedges and shrubs in varying heights contribute to the finely maintained exterior. Color is found in an assortment of flowering ornamental trees and perennials. A large, expertly scaled gas light inspired light fixture guides visitors to the front entrance.5. Two large weathered pineapples marking the bricked walkway to the front door symbolize a welcoming spirit.