Thinking about Chippendales

I’ve been thinking about Chippendales, but probably not in the way that you might think.

When I started working for E+E Architecture in Athens a few years ago, one of my first assignments was to walk around the older neighborhoods in Athens and take photos of some of the original designs on porch railings for a client who was renovating/saving a home in the area.  They wanted to stay within the vernacular of the neighborhood, but also have something special for their house. The home was 100 years old and they were both renovating and adding on to it, so it was important to keep the character of the original but also make it work for their family and of course be super stylish and modern, because this family definitely is both of those things.

All this is to say that on this day, I fell in love with beautiful porch details.

 [ all images via Houzz ]

The Chippendale is a detail on classic porch railings, and our current Tennessee neighborhood has a lot of them.  And so I’ve been considering them during my walks with Rudy.

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The white-painted wood and diagonals can really dress up the exterior of a home. This design was most popular in the late 18th and 19th centuries in America, modeled after designs from the cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale.  Silly me, I don’t think I ever noticed the Chippendale railings atop Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

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 I also really admire this more modern version flanking the stairs at a lakehouse in Arkansas.

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How do you feel about Chippendale?  Also, be warned.  Google image-searching Chippendales is not for the faint of heart.

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