1858 – Dandridge, TN

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1130 Squirewood Way, Dandridge, TN 37725

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  • $375,210
  • Foreclosure
  • 4 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 4814 Sq Ft
  • 6 Ac.
Squirewood Hall is a historic home is Dandridge, Tennessee. This amazing home has history dating back to the Civil War. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also is in the city limits of one of Tennessee's oldest town that is a National Historical District. It is nestled on 6 quiet wooded acres in the middle of town. This is a historical home must see. The dining room has a mural of downtown Dandridge history.
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7 Comments on 1858 – Dandridge, TN

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  1. patrickfpatrickf says: 30 comments
    Hesperia, CA

    Love this house (from the few photos available), I like that the kitchen has not been updated in a while.

  2. GabrielleGabrielle says: 39 comments
    1895 Victorian.
    Smithville, TX

    I, too, would like to see more photos of this Historic House on the Natnl.Register. Dandridge is a charming historic town which I’ve visited as my paternal grandmother’s ancestors were from the town. It would be a wonderful place to live & very few old properties come up for sale there. If anyone has a link to provide more photos, there are at least 2 of us interested. I can only imagine…..

  3. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 1020 comments
    OHD Supporter

    It’s a beautiful house, but quite transitional. The windows puzzle me a bit. The 12-over-12 windows windows were completely out of date by 1858 — most Greek Revivals of the period had windows with larger panes. The large brackets suggest an Italianate influence. It’s got personality!

    • CharlestonJohnCharlestonJohn says: 1094 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Charleston, SC

      The NRHP listing mentions C. 1840 Fairfax Greek Revival in White Pine which shows similar bracketing, but with the 6/6 windows you’d expect.

      The classical arched staircase in Squirewood Hall appears to be a later modification as well.

      • AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 379 comments
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        1850 Italianate, classical
        New Haven, CT

        John–Thanks for reading the National Register nomination form (something I should have done before I wrote an earlier comment) and providing the link to the Fairfax House. I greatly appreciate it when other readers help to provide new information about these houses, similar ones, or other houses that are clearly linked through historical, stylistic or other means. I’ll go ahead and add a few things I learned by following your lead. The NRHP dates the hallway arches to the early 20th C., so I bet the almost undoubted change in the stairs was made at that time also. I was surprised to learn the house is only one room deep, and that the ceilings on the 2nd floor are made of wood, and not plastered. This detail might well suggest that the builder-owners were possibly more constrained by finances than might otherwise have been thought, and which in turn suggests that they may indeed have reused older windows or bought less fashionable and expensive ones as a result. Since this house and Fairfax are both in the same county, it seems a virtual certainty that Fairfax was the inspiration for this house, although on a significantly reduced scale. I almost found myself wondering where all that reported square footage was, but the size of the rear wing is hard to estimate and it may account for more of the footprint of the house than I first assumed.
        Thanks again for your very helpful input!

  4. AJ DavisAJ Davis says: 379 comments
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    1850 Italianate, classical
    New Haven, CT

    Regarding several of the above comments: I agree the house is transitional Greek Revival to Italianate–the pilasters, symmetry, etc. are clearly of the earlier style so predominant throughout the South at that time, and the brackets clearly of the Italianate style, which was beginning to venture below the Mason-Dixon line by this point in history. People often blended what they liked about various styles (including Gothic Revival) during this period of transition although not as rapidly in the South as in the North. The eventual age of eclecticism was in its beginning phases.
    Regarding the windows and all the debates I’ve read about them in reference to other houses discussed herein–I wonder about the degree to which people may have recycled old windows in some of the houses where the windows appear anachronistic. Possibly the windows (or some of them) in this house came from the old house that this one might have replaced, as a cost-savings measure, or maybe the owners did not like the newer forms because they were used to the older style and just weren’t ready to accept the newly fashionable and therefore clung to that with which they were familiar and felt most comfortable and “at home.” Or a combination of both of these, if not other factors.
    I also agree the staircase is highly probably an updating from c 1880 or so. The double arches are also unusual in a southern plantation house of this period where halls were usually long and uninterrupted from the front of the house to the back door, if only for the airflow and so the hall might be used as a ballroom or for dancing. The c 1860 Gibson House in Back Bay, Boston has a vaguely similar triple-arched entry hall with the stairs beginning under one of the arches, but it was a very sophisticated townhouse (almost pure Renaissance Italianate with an early version, for America, of a French mansard roof). The Gibson house entry hall did not run the length of the house (google has some good photos of it and it in fact ran the width of the house instead) given the narrowness of the house lot and the need to conserve space carefully. The probably later stairs in this house also interrupt the openness of the hallway and thus was not at all typical of the old southern style, where the stairs in a house of this size usually clung to a wall to take up as little space as possible. So, I fully suspect the arches and stairs were a single innovation made in one bold attempt at updating. I could be wrong and await others’ thoughts on these issues. Bring it on!


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