Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Burford Hill or John L. Bridges House

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Burford Hill or the John L. Bridges House (729 North Greenville Street),  circa 1817, is a one-and-a-half story Federal style home which was built for John L. Bridges and his wife, Anna Adair Bridges, the daughter of Governor John Adair. Bridges, a judge of the Circuit Court, was a Mercer County Representative in the State Legislature from 1817 to 1820. The house was sold to Daniel Burford in 1862 and became known as Burford Hill.
Photo by Tom Eblen

Bridges’ house was classic Federal architecture, with large Palladian windows and an elegant double Georgian front door. Burford Hill’s intricate woodwork is thought to be the work of the renowned Mercer County craftsman Matthew P. Lowery. The house was built with a three-year bay, one and one-half story central pavilion. The west wing burned, was removed, and later replaced. 

The bricks, burned locally, are laid in Flemish bond while the arched, fan-lighted doorway is protected by a small Doric portico topped with a steep pediment. The gable roof is separated by small dormers while the front porch boasts a mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival addition. This home also features a portion of the home with a bedroom, living area and bathroom for a mother-in-law suite.
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From Lowery custom woodwork inside the home to the salt-water pool in the back, this home was constructed during the presidency of James Monroe and remained a secluded site on 10+/- acres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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