Just this past weekend, I went to Laural Court with my grandmother on one of the Christmas Lights tours! If you live in the Cincinnati area, or are visiting, do check it out! It was well worth the $12.00 and the tour lasted about an hour. Never heard of Laurel Court? That's ok-here are few fun facts:
The founder of Champion Coated Paper Company, Peter G. Thompson, had this mansion built. It was designed by architect James Gamble Rogers and took nearly 5 years to complete construction. It has a total of 36 rooms (I believe that includes rooms such as bathrooms and closets, too) and it covers almost 20,000 square feet! Aside from a full time gardner in the summer, the owners (Judy and Larry Moyer) take care of this place all by themselves!
Image found here.
I believe this room (above) is considered to be a bedroom, but is currently used for other purposes. When the owners host weddings here, it is used as a dressing room for the bridal party.
Railing on the second floor.
This music room is coated in gold leaf!
Check out that moulding and woodwork. Simply amazing. I can't imagine how hard something like this would be to create back in the early 1900's.
The walls of this room are lined with African Rosewood paneling.
This open roofed room/covered patio room/atrium was built into the very center of the house. I can imagine spending long rainy nights in there...watching and listening.
This mosaic piece looked as though it was built into/assembled on top of the brick wall. I would venture to guess it has been there since the birth of the house.
What would you do with yourself if this were your backyard? I think I would throw galas all summer long!
Crazy awesome sculpture by the gardens.
Imagery by Rebecca Wilson (unless stated otherwise).
This beautiful home is saturated with breathtaking aesthetic detail, beauty, character and history. It is a real gem of Cincinnati and I am so happy that it is being cared for and made avaliable for the public to see. What a great experience it was to walk the halls of this 114 year old home!