The design for Woodlawn appears to have been taken from Andrew Jackson Downing's illustration for "A Cottage in the Pointed or Tudor Style" as published in his 1842 book "Cottage residences, or, A series of designs for rural cottages and cottage villas, and their gardens and grounds: adapted to North America." Downing's first book, published when he was 25 years old, established his legacy as the first and most prominent American landscape architect and domestic designer of the nineteenth-century. Downing's life was cut very short when he died in the Henry Clay steamship explosion in 1852.
Woodlawn was built about 1845, three years after the publication of Cottage Residences. The square tower is a not-entirely-sympathetic 1901 addition. The house was renovated 2013-2014 as an office and clubhouse for the Avalon housing development.
Top: May 20, 2005
Bottom: June 15, 2015
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