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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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TripAdvisor
  • Closed the day we passed through Thomasville....a Monday. But we stopped to enjoy the beautiful home and take a few photos. Great History! 
  • Beautiful old home with many stories to tell. Make sure you take the time to see everything and ask questions of your guide. 
  • C.W. Lapham built this beautiful mansion in 1885. This home was designed without a single right angle in its floor plan. A retail shoe mogul who survived the Chicago Fire, Lapham likewise insisted tha...  more »
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  • A beautiful historical site well worth a quick visit.