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Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site, Thomasville

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
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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  • We live two blocks from the Lapham-Patterson House . While it is visually arresting from the sidewalk, the inside is dreary and disappointing; much is made of the original family -- people who were of...  more »
  • We had a great Tour Guide to an Amazing House with much History. Well Preserved Gem. Warm day but it is Air Conditioned  more »
  • I was taking my cousin on a travel speed spree of Thomasville, Georgia in two days. I brought her to places that catered to her taste for good wine and cheese, love of small town America, and books. I...  more »
  • 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.
  • I love that house I wish I can move there but know👍
  • Historic dwelling. Very well restored and maintained.
  • Exquisitely historic. Elegant, enchanting and a modern marvel.
  • A beautiful historical site well worth a quick visit.

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