Afton Villa, a Southern Gothic Tragedy
This blogging is a curious business, the following , is a suggestion from a reader. In my opinion, a reader of great merit, not only an avid history buff and preservationist, she happens to be the great, great, great niece of the artist George Miller Grieg. Mr. Grieg was the painter commissioned by Queen Victoria, to paint the interiors of Holyrood. I posted about Holyrood and it’s interiors in June. I suggest you take a peek , marvelous stuff.
Through this happy meeting I have been introduced to the fantastic, now lost, antebellum estate, Afton Villa.
St. Francisville Parish, Louisiana
Gothic Revival plantation
destroyed by fire 1963
The following images taken by the WPA ( now available through the Louisiana Historical Photographic Collection) testify to the magnificence of this lost treasure. Always fond of American Gothic Revival, this 40 room plantation house , was a stunning example.
Definitely my favorite image in the series, the lack of interior shots curious. Perhaps the then unfashionable interiors were not deemed a worthy subject for documentation.
Just look at that thing!
Southern enough for you??
I love this shot, slightly ungainly, a charming quirkiness.
As a contrast to these tasteful images, I present a few of those really garishly colored 60’s postcards I so love.
The reverse describes Afton Villa as “a famous French Chateau (????), now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Percy’, it goes on to describe “it’s hand carved Rosewood suite”, one assumes Belter or some knockoff.
another image, same room, same “Rosewood suite”.
The following is of a bedroom, presumably Master.
Love the crucifix.
I sincerely thank the great, great , great ,niece of the talented Mr. Grieg. I will close with an image of Mr. Grieg from her family photo album, a treasure.