There was only one address where a shipping magnate Rufus K. Winslow could build his new mansion....Euclid Ave, also dubbed "Millionaires Row". Built in 1878 this 18 room 5 bath house was executed in then fashionable Second Empire style but with a High Victorian Gothic twist. All its exterior embellishments are Gothic. Reputed to be the finest at the time, the interiors contained elaborately carved rare woods & a broad sweeping staircase. This #lostmansion was demolished in 1927 to make way…
Rufus Porter murals (1830s) in front stairwell - Kirsten Marchand on Design Sponge
Art in Residence - Rufus Porter inspired Rural Chester County Farmland
Finley Place, 1859, Holly Springs, MS, is typical of so many of the two story houses in the area, Finley Place varies from the norm with its staircase position reversed & starting mid-way in the central hall. It was designed by architect Spires Boling for Mrs. Rufus Jones. Later, it was the lifelong residence of Miss Ruth Finley, who, along with her sister Margaret Shackleford, bequeathed the house to the National Audubon Society. Photo by John J. Tackett
The foyer decorations were kept simple so it would not compete with the fresh greens draped down the staircase, as well as the mural. Our foyer features a Rufus Porter style mural. Artist Sarah Heidtmann included stories of our life in the mural.