Today’s post from the November 1963 issue of the Mississippi Architect introduces us to a house I’ve never seen and don’t even know where it is to look for it. The information presented locates it on a “private lake north of Jackson” which could be a lot of places. I do know that Robert Overstreet designed a “Roy Champion Lodge” on a lake north of Jackson in the late 1950s, and I wonder if it’s the same lake. If so, I’ve been to where I think that lake is, but never saw Overstreet’s lodge and became discouraged. I’ll have to go back up there–it’s off Highland Colony Parkway–and see if I see anything that resembles the LaRue house.
This residence is one of three constructed on a private lake immediately north of Jackson. The land surrounding the lake is being developed as a park-like setting with the three residences dispersed along the shore line.
The family is large and busy. Both parents and the five children engage in many activities and it was this personality of the household that governed its design. The organization of the plan is essentially that of a cross with each of the four major wings accommodating the living area, the service section, the master bedroom suite and the children’s wing respectively. The concept was one of informality with the aim that the building be unobtrusive in the landscape.
The owners do a great deal of entertaining and this consideration governed the arrangement of the living room, play room. and the two intervening courts all linked by a covered way. On occasion of large groups these four areas may be used together to form a useful succession of spaces.
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