Side View From Street
Temple Heights-One of the South's most outstanding antebellum homes, ca 1837, features 4 floors of history, charm, and elegance. With 14 Doric columns and porches on three facades, this home has been lovingly restored. The highly acclaimed gardens offer both beauty and serenity.
This wonderful estate, which comes with a guesthouse, has often been showcased in both print and broadcast. This property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic American Building Survey, and is a Mississippi Landmark.
The focal point of the entrance hall is the stairway which rises to the third floor. In evidence is the quarter-sawn heart of pine flooring used throughout the house. The locks on the doors are original rim locks made by Carpenter
and Co.of Great Britain during the reign of King William IV. Above the door is a candle board used for decorative lighting on special occasions.
Parlor View 1
The handsome appearance of the main rooms is enhanced by the Federal style millwork which features fluted pilasters surmounted by bullseye corner blocks and a raised panel beneath each window. Above the mantle is a portrait of Terrence Sullivan by English artist John Jackson whose portraits hang in many British museums. The center table is mahagony veneer in the Restauration style with a melon base.
The dining room was designed to be used as a second palor or music room with the original dining room on the ground floor. It features a punkah(fan) which was added by the owner and is appropriate to 1830'3 Mississippi. The sideboard
is an American piece from the 1815-1820 period and is said to be made for the Napolean House in New Orleans. Also, both of the main rooms have the original Perugic mable-black and gold vein-mantels.
On the floor in the master bedroom is an 1840's ingrain carpet. The sofa, with its distinctive carved elliptical front feet, was made in New York
about 1830-45 and once occupied the Governor's Mansion in Pennsylvania.
This room is primarily furnished with pieces from the 1850's as it might have when the second family lived at Temple Heights(1847-1867). The bed is made of mahogany and cherry in the half-tester or Arabian style. Other interesting pieces include the chair and tilt top tea table made of papier mache inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
The first floor arcade opens off the original dining room on the second terrace level of Temple Heights and was used as a warm weather dining room and covered work space. Today it offers a place to read or entertain friends.
This building was the original 1830's kitchen with slave quarters. Today it includes a kitchen, a full bath, a sun porch, and a living room on the first floor. Exposed 1830's beams add interest to the first floor, and the original pine flooring is found on the upper level in the sleeping quarters. The upper level also has a large closet/storage area, as well as an outside deck protected by a banister.
This one room building was built circa 1850 as a "new" more modern kitchen. The relatively small
cooking fireplace indicates that a pot bellied stove was used so that it was not necesary to cook as much in the fireplace. The kitchen contains an 1850's piece for cooking meat in front of an open fired. The cherry drop-leaf table
is set with mid-nineteenth Staffordshire, or transfer-printed ceramics. Archeologists have found broken pieces of this ceramic buried at Temple Heights.
The grounds include the original well which is 27 feet deep, a restored formal garden, and a kitchen garden area. The focal point of the formal garden is a marble drinking fountain. The brick terracing was done in the mid-nineteenth century. Because most of the gardens are not visible from the street, guests are usually delighted with the surprises of the multi-level property, especially the many azaleas, which bloom in the spring.
Archived in February, 2013
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