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For those wondering (after reading the above piece) what the "Lauderdale Mansion" might be, this post will perhaps settle their minds: the author's own home seems to be a subject for his fertile and slightly cracked imagination . . . !
http://www.memphisflyer.com/AskVanceBlo ... on-i-guess
To my eye, at least, the house beats many another quasi-Prairie effort, of any era. A minor detail like the masonry posts at the sidewalk, with their perfectly projecting caps, speaks volumes about the sensitivity of the unknown architect. The structure seems entirely undecorated, relying only on subtle battering of the stonework -- more Craftsman than Prairie, perhaps -- and a well-considered unity of roof detail (for instance), and pleasing proportions overall, to carry the aesthetic load.
Mr Lauderdale's asides, meanwhile, amuse me:
"My own residenceâ€™s â€œlow-slungâ€� architecture, a standard design element of many Frank Lloyd Wright homes, is the unfortunate result of the whole house settling because of termite-riddled beams, and the buildingâ€™s distinctive curves are nothing more than warped vinyl siding."