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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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Reviews
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  • I have wanted to see this house since I saw it pictures in a book nearly forty years ago. I was surprised to see that it's now a state park, so I talked my husband into taking a detour on our way to F...  more »
  • I visited this historic home with my family. We had a guided tour with a small group; learned some interesting facts about the quirky owner. The home is nicely restored, lots of local wood used for th...  more »
  • Had to visit this pre 1900 home. Just two blocks from out bed and breakfast at Freedom Oaks! Just $5 per person for a guided tour. The place was designed so every room has access to get outside. The o...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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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