In my post “Happy Hanukkah Y’all” one of the buildings featured was the Gerard Brandon V house designed by the firm Weiss, Dreyfous, & Seiferth. It’s a handsome house that I had seen before but never really studied before writing the previous post. The Upriver Residential National Register Historic District Nomination describes the house as being:
One-story stuccoed-brick residence with gabled and hipped red-tile roof, semi -circular windows above glazed doors, ‘and parapet walls. Spanish Colonial Revival. Architects: Weis, Dreyfus, and Seiferth of New Orleans. 1926.
Well apparently someone had studied this house in great detail when it was new because just four blocks south of the Gerard Brandon V House sits this building…
While the Gerard Brandon V House was built in 1926, the MDAH HRI database estimates that the house at 311 N. Union was built around 1935. The Natchez On-Top-Of-The-Hill National Register Historic District Nomination describes the house as being:
One- story brick residence with gabled tile roof with parapet gable ends. Spanish Colonial Revival.
The major (and most obvious) difference between the two buildings is the exterior cladding. 703 Union appears to be solid masonry construction with a coat of stucco. According to the Sanborn maps the house at 311 Union is a brick veneer, meaning that the house is wood framed with a layer of brick on the outside. It’s tough for me to pick which cladding I like the best. But other than the cladding and a few differences in the fenestration they appear to be almost the same, right down to the flat roofed sun porch on the south side of the structure and a detached garage in the back.
While I have no primary sources to back up the following, the scuttlebutt is that the design for 311 N. Union was lifted from the plans of 703 N. Union. To add insult to injury Union is a one-way street so one passes the “Homage” house first and might be more likely to think the 703 N. Union House was the copy. I don’t know the whole story but it sure sounds like an interesting one that produced two beautiful twins.