Rising stately on its corner in the Westmoreland Historic District, a well-appointed and well-maintained hundred-year-plus-old mansion fitted with terraces, balconies, and porches features all the craftsmanship of its day — and one very large indicator of the present: this freeway-side billboard in the back yard, by the pool:
Yes, a portion of the quarter-of-an-acre lot, which faces the retaining wall of Spur 527, supports a 3-post billboard. It rises well above the home’s 3 stories — and helps shade the pool from morning sun. The property, which was listed today, carries an asking price just shy of $1.8 million and pitches the property as a home, office, or bed-and-breakfast. The home dates from 1897 (according to the listing and county tax records) or 1903 (as cited in a historic-district walking tour guide), or 1908, (as the city’s inventory of the neighborhood finds).
The Queen Anne home is attributed to prolific builder Russell Brown; it was his own home. Of note are the home’s arched eyebrow features on windows and dormers, the Craftsman-style exposed rafter tails decorating the inset porch and eave brackets, and the stained glass windows in the stairwell’s tower.
Two-toned original flooring on the first floor comes with inlaid borders — in the hardwoods of the ample entry hall (above) and in the Terrazzo-like tile of the window-lined living room sited on the southeast corner of the floor plan. A double-sided fireplace serves both rooms:
Jewel-toned formal rooms dominate downstairs, with the dining room adding some diamond-pattern dazzle through leaded-glass windows peering through a porte-cochère:
County tax records indicate renovations to the property took place in 1980. At the back of the 5,880-sq-ft. home, what appears to be the former butler’s pantry (above) and the now-islanded kitchen have been combined. Both spaces have access to the dining room and to a back porch:
This room with half-height paneling and ornate flooring occupies the other corner at the front of the home:
Heading up the staircase’s tower takes a turn at a landing illuminated . . .
on 3 sides:
Some of level 2 rises through level 3 at the front of the home. Sets of double doors open to a semi-circular balcony situated above the home’s portico entry:
Here’s the master suite:
There are 4 secondary bedrooms, 3 more full bathrooms, and a powder room.
An open area at the top of all the stairs also has a bird’s nest balcony:
So does this bedroom:
Does this bathroom as well?
Meanwhile, at ground level, the sign-shaded pool area abuts an apartment building to its north:
The Westmoreland Historic District occupies 8 of the subdivision’s original 12 blocks on 44 acres bordered by Spur 527, W. Alabama, Garrott, and Hawthorne streets. Homes east of Burlington, the street which gives this property its address, were razed for the freeway. The home’s carport handles parking tandem-style from Marshall St., which bends around a corner to meet the remains of the original roadway.
- 3618 Burlington St. [HAR]