Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Grange

The forty year reserved estate lease
for the rights of The Grange tract
expired today.

The Georgian styled house rests nestled in oaks and magnolias between Dungeness and the Carriage House. Right outside the recessed main entrance is a view of the former Pool House.
I'm sure that it was heartache for the families watching that structure deteriorate.

In Mary Bullard's book, Cumberland Island: A History, she states "construction on the Grange, the last large house built on the Dungeness Estate, began in 1902 and was completed by the end of 1903, by which time a total of $25,483 had been spent on the house."

Shaded by the trees, 
the side of The Grange is the best view one can get
 walking down Magnolia Avenue.

Roughly 60'x57', the stuccoed finish residence is now in the hands of the park service.

Below is a link to a recent article in the Tribune and Georgian newspaper located in St. Marys.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Stable and Carriage House at Dungeness

An old postcard of the building from
the Florida Collection Postcard Page
located on the Jacksonville Public Library's web site.

Click the link below
check out other postcards
on Cumberland Island...............

An avenue edged in magnolia trees, leads from Dungeness and The Grange to the Carriage House.  In the distance on a cloudy and showery day, the stable's front face is slightly visible from the two house's approach.

Presumably, the date of the erection is around 1900.

The plan of the 1&1/2 story Carriage House is in a H pattern.  The wooden frame structure is clad in a
smooth stucco finish applied on wire mesh.

The combination of stables, upstairs quarters for the stable hands, carriage house, and a garage articulates the unified functional design under one common roof.

The horse stalls are located in the right wing of the building which is approximately 144 feet in length. 
The left wing, approximately 126 feet in length, was used for the housing of the estate carriages,
eventually, a garage for the automobiles.

The link below,
an article on a Carnegie Carriage.

As the dominant structural element of the building,
the roof's design is viewed with one of varied horizontal roof lines and angled planes that make a distinction in their projections and recesses.
 The wood shingled roof has twenty hipped dormers that
break up the roof lines and the height of the walls.


The long facades of the wings are articulated through the repetitive use of fenestration.

The Stable and Carriage House is actually the second stable building built by Lucy Carnegie for the Dungeness Estate. 
The present structure is located southeast of the original
stable house, on or near the site of a former building
used for the dog kennels.

Currently, the Park Service uses the structure as a
maintenance facility.