Tuesday, January 29, 2013

'Kellogg Lawn'

'Kellogg Lawn', the William Maxwell residence designed by Charles A. Platt c. 1905 in Rockville, Connecticut.  Maxwell was secretary and treasurer of the Springville Manufacturing Company of Rockville.  Today the house functions as the entrance and administrative building for the Rockwell General Hospital.  Click HERE to see 'Kellogg Lawn' on bing.

Photos from Architecture, 1912.


The Down East Dilettante said...

I never realized this house was so early---quite precocious in its restraint for a French house in that era--very Trumbaueresque, very handsome and proper, but amazingly without the brilliance Platt displayed in the design of father's house next door only a short time before.

The Down East Dilettante said...

*correction* I meant the SON's house.

The Down East Dilettante said...

blah blah blah--gotta keep clarifying, lest I muddy the waters. Although soon occupied by the William Maxwells, this house was actually built for his and Francis Maxwell's mother, on the site of her father's house

ChipSF said...

I like everything I've ever seen by Platt and this is no exception.

DED - I'm trying to keep up but can't say I am exactly following you here. It doesn't look like the son's house is still here. any link to it?

The Down East Dilettante said...

Chip, sorry, sometimes I forget to fasten my seatbelt before I comment. I'll try to be more linear:

As I understand it, this house, "Kellogg Terrace", was built for the mother of Francis and William Maxwell. It sat on the site of her Father's (Mr. Kellogg, an early industrialist) house. It soon became the house of her son William. (I have this information from the Connecticut Historic Preservation Website).

Next door, slightly earlier, her son Francis Maxwell built 'Maxwell Court', one of the houses that catapulted Platt to fame, and which remains one of his very best.

I agree with you about Platt. There's good Platt, better Platt, and great Platt, but if there's bad Platt, I've never seen it.

Zach L. said...


Anonymous said...

DED - Thanks.

Zach - Oh THAT Maxwell Court that we have seen recently - Thanks for the link!