Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site, Thomasville

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The Lapham-Patterson House is a historic site at 626 North Dawson Street in Thomasville, Georgia. The house, built between 1884-85 as a winter cottage for businessman C.W. Lapham of Chicago, is a significant example of Victorian architecture. It has a number of architectural details, such as fishscale shingles, an intricately designed porch, long-leaf pine inlaid floors, and a double-flue chimney. Inside, the house was well-appointed with a gas lighting system, hot and cold running water, indoor plumbing, and modern closets. Its most significant feature is its completely intentional lack of symmetry. None of the windows, doors, or closets are square. The house is a Georgia Historic Site and is also a National Historic Landmark, designated in 1973 for its architecture.The three-story structure has a mellow-yellow exterior with brick-red roof and chimneys. At the core of the house is an hexagonal-shaped room. There are at least 50 exits; Mr. Lapham had been in the Great Chicago Fire and subsequently became paranoid about being trapped in a burning building.The house was deliberately constructed slightly askew to take advantage of sunlight entering the third floor during the Spring and Fall Equinoxes. Within is a gentlemen's parlor with a small stage featuring a stained-glass window in the center. In the fretwork outside the room over the balcony are animal and amorpheous shapes cut into the wood. In the center is a cutout of what is presumably the head of Mrs. O'Leary's cow.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Thomasville is a city full of history. None is more interesting than the tales that this house tells. Not only were the stories intriguing and the structure fascinating, but our docent was also great!...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Knowledgeable tour guide made the visit entertaining and the interesting. The local historical society has refurbished and improved the place since they took it from the state so it is very much worth...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    We visited the Lapham-Patterson House today and had a fabulous time! What a wonderful house! The house was absolutely beautiful and our tour guide Josh was so knowledgeable! I think Josh was one of th...  more »
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  • April 22, 2017
    Wonderful historic home with knowledgeable tour guides from the local historic society. The first floor is ADA compliant, though like most old homes the stairs to the second and third floors are tight and winding. The Patterson family have donated many items from both their times in the house and from previous owners, so there are touches of history throughout. Don't miss the Queen Anne window on the third floor! I don't know what Mr. Lapham was thinking when he built this home, but I'm glad it still stands for us to see.
  • June 18, 2017
    I love that house I wish I can move there but know👍
  • December 19, 2016
    Historic dwelling. Very well restored and maintained.
  • November 27, 2016
    Exquisitely historic. Elegant, enchanting and a modern marvel.
  • June 19, 2016
    A beautiful historical site well worth a quick visit.

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