From the editor.Mississippi's ultimate "Sensational Space" was one that exists now only in memory. The legendary story of Windsor might be best told in numbers in numbered parts; as, a book published in numbers.
See also: Number , with a little help from Mary Carol Miller's Lost Mansions of Mississippi:
1859: The year construction began on the palatial pa·la·tial
1. Of or suitable for a palace: palatial furnishings.
2. Of the nature of a palace, as in spaciousness or ornateness: a palatial yacht. home that sat on a 2,600-acre plantation near Port Gibson; it would be completed in two years.
$140,000: The cost to build the dwelling, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a local newspaper; the imported furniture cost another $30,000.
34: The age of owner Smith Daniell when he died only a few weeks after the home's completion.
4: The number of stories in the home. They included a full above-ground basement with dairy, doctor's office, and schoolroom; upper floors with parlors, a library, a spacious master suite, and other elegantly decorated rooms; and above it all, a conservatory offering unbroken views across the Mississippi River Mississippi River
River, central U.S. It rises at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and flows south, meeting its major tributaries, the Missouri and the Ohio rivers, about halfway along its journey to the Gulf of Mexico. .
25: The number of marble-manteled fireplaces that kept family members and guests comfortable during cold winter nights.
29: The number of years the supposedly fireproof fire·proof
Impervious or resistant to damage by fire.
tr.v. fire·proofed, fire·proof·ing, fire·proofs
To make fireproof.
Verb 1. Windsor stood before burning after a guest's cigarette was carelessly tossed into a pile of sawdust sawdust
used as litter for chickens and bedding for horses. Sawdust made from treated timber may cause pentachlorophenol and other wood preservative poisoning. Fungi growing in sawdust litter in poultry houses may cause poisoning in the birds. created during repair work in the observatory. Only 22 of its 29 towering Corinthian columns were left behind as a haunting A Haunting is a television series on Discovery Channel that, according to its website chronicles the "terrifying true stories of the paranormal told by people who experienced real-life horror tales. reminder of the home's past beauty.
0: The number of photographs of Windsor still in existence. Only a single drawing of the home has ever been found, leaving Mississippians only to imagine how impressive this great mansion's interior must have appeared to visitors.
Thankfully, the tradition of timeless and elegant homes in Mississippi has never ceased. While Windsor and many other noteworthy historical homes may no longer be around, several centuries-old houses do still stand, making Mississippi one of the best places in the country to view examples of classical architecture and design. The tradition also carries on with a continuously evolving breed of creative people whose job it is to make today's homes beautiful. In this issue, we celebrate their talents as we present the winners of our third annual Sensational Spaces interior design competition.
With that in mind, may I offer a few new numbers:
1500s: The century in which the stunning marble floor in our Judges' Choice room originated. It was salvaged after a fire in an English chapel and eventually found a home in designer William Eubanks' lovely morning room.
1890: The year the A.L. Rosenbaum building in Meridian, the setting for our Kitchen category runner-up, was constructed. Designer Mellany Kitchens captured the historical feel by using original brick and old world finishes to create a beauty that's ageless.
2004: The year for which designer Terry Holtsinger's tranquil TRANQUIL - 1966. ALGOL-like language with sets and other extensions, for the Illiac IV. "TRANQUIL: A Language for an Array Processing Computer", N.E. Abel et al, Proc SJCC 34 (1969). bathroom space--with its heated floors, recessed "rain" shower head, and fog-free mirrors, was intended. For while it's important that we remember and cherish those beautiful spaces like Windsor from years gone by, I believe the most important element of interior design today may just be the ability to create a room that's as functional and comfortable for modern living as it is pleasing to the eye.
All of the 15 rooms featured in our special section, beginning on pg. 71, meet that standard in a way that looks effortless. But anyone who's ever dabbled dab·ble
v. dab·bled, dab·bling, dab·bles
To splash or spatter with or as if with a liquid: "The moon hung over the harbor dabbling the waves with gold" in decorating their own home will know that each of these finished spaces is the product of a skilled hand and a creative eye. Justas Windsor did, each of these rooms celebrates the convergence of classicism classicism, a term that, when applied generally, means clearness, elegance, symmetry, and repose produced by attention to traditional forms. It is sometimes synonymous with excellence or artistic quality of high distinction. and contemporary life that is the essence of Mississippi.
Kelli L. Bozeman