Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bloxham House







This beautiful old Federal style house sits in the Calhoun Street Historic District near downtown and was built in 1844. It was acquired in 1881 by Mary Bloxham, the wife of Governor William Dunnington Bloxham, who served as Florida's governor for two terms (1881-1885 and 1897-1901). Governor Bloxham owned a plantation west of Tallahassee, but used this house as a town residence. When he died, his second wife became the owner and sold it in 1913. It had a few other owners through the years and had several uses including as a rooming house and a hotel. In 1977, it was purchased by the Florida Heritage Foundation with plans to restore it. The Foundation was unable to raise the funds and it was sold to one of its members, Frances Cushing Ervin, who was then able to restore it to its original style. You can see a photo of this house taken in the early 20th century with former Governor Bloxham standing on the porch with two ladies here.

Linking to Fences Around the World.

18 comments:

biebkriebels said...

Beautiful house and so well restored!

Sandra said...

thanks for the link, as I sat and admired this lovely old lady, I was trying to imagine what the women would have worn while sitting on that porch. now I know... glad they preserved it

Tomoko said...

Beautiful house and those fences are such elegant! I like the fifth photo. The door is lovely. Happy weekend to you!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma bela casa.
Um abra├žo e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I learn so much from you about Florida history.

Sharon Anck said...

What a gorgeous house. I love that railing around the porch.

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful house as wel with a good selection of fences

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So it's a private home now is it Lois? It's beautifully looked after, I do love the verandas, reminds me of the houses in Africa.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely variety of fences and lovely homes ~ thanks,

Wishing you a peaceful week ~ ^_^

William Kendall said...

What a distinctive looking place!

Lowell said...

Fantastic photos of this gorgeous home, Lois. It's really fun to see good photos of such a place. Actually, I'd love to live here. But I don't suppose it's for sale. I wonder if Gov. Bloxham was better than that piece of dried up lard currently holding the office?

LOLfromPasa said...

What a stunning house with such beautiful detail. Lovely collection of photographs.

Kate said...

That curved porch and entrance door have sold me on this house!

Marleen said...

A grand house!

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful historic home! I love the wrap-around porch...not a Federal feature but works perfectly!

RedPat said...

It's gorgeous, Lois!

Revrunner said...

I've been learning about what's involved in returning a house to an earlier version of itself. It's a fascinating process.

Linda said...

Beautiful! Reminds me of Savannah.