Drummond Street Craftsman

This sprawling house at 3220 Drummond Street in the southern suburbs of Vickburg doesn’t fit neatly into the categories of the “Craftsman style” as defined in McAlester’s A Field Guide to American Houses, but I’m including it in our Craftsman series because it’s listed as Craftsman in the MDAH Historic Resources Database. There it is called the Peterson House, and it has an estimated construction date of c.1908, which would make it an early example of the style. No architect is listed, but I suspect there must have been one for this ambitious design. Like many early examples of a style, this one is not “pure” by the definitions of later architectural historians. It has a little bit of a Spanish Revival in its tile roof, stucco finish, and rambling footprint, but in its low, horizontal lines, deep eaves with exposed rafters, small window panes, trellis porch, and built-in benches at the entrance, it’s in the Arts and Crafts camp. Sorry about the not-great photos–the sun was against me the day I wandered past this house. It’s worth a second look!

Peterson House, 3220 Drummond Street, Vicksburg

Peterson House, 3220 Drummond Street, Vicksburg

Peterson House, 3220 Drummond Street, Vicksburg

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10 replies

  1. My usual high standard: I could live there!

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  2. I would classify this house as British Arts & Crafts filtered through a late 1800s Californian lens, with less relation to what we normally consider American Craftsman/Arts & Crafts. Though as a single story house, it does have a Japanese feel to it as well, which is another component of that architecture. One can look at Bernard Maybeck’s Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco or especially John Galen Howard’s own 1903 house in Berkeley to see where the Drummond Street craftsman came from lineally.

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    • I had the thought that it reminded me of Asian influence when I first saw it, but not being that familiar with this style, thought perhaps I was imagining it, or at least, misinterpreting it. Thank you for providing the references–very interesting.

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  3. This one has my name written all over it! I love the front door – would love to see the interior and know the house’s story!

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  4. A good friend of my mother’s lived here when I was growing up in the 50s & 60s. I remember going to parties there and it is a wonderful place. I can’t remember her name, although I don’t think it was Peterson.

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  5. As a child in the late 1960’s, I helped Mr. Peterson move into this house, along with a few of the Derivaux kids. Big house. He paid me $0.75, and I wasn’t expecting to be paid at all.

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  6. Sam P; Is this the House / Home that was constructed many years past as the Vicksburg Old Ladies Home?????? Can someone one either confirm or say no?????????

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  7. No Sam, I don’t believe it was. I think the Wilkersons built it. Later I think you are thinking of the Johnston Home further north on the same side of Drummond Street, in the same block as the old Compton Apartments. That home was used as the old ladies home at least in the 1950’s when I was a child (maybe earlier), then bought by Mayor Johnny Holland and his wife Sarah.. The Hollands restored it and lived there several years before they moved to Jackson. It is now called “The Stained Glass Manor” and operated as a bed and breakfast.

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  8. Dear Danella; Yes you are correct. And thank you. I am, hopefuly, getting a blog started on the Old Ladies Homes. I was not aware The Ladies were in the Stained Glass Manor that late.
    My interest. I Aunt, my Daddy’s much older half – sister was in the one in Jackson, she died in the early 1940s, I think. I never knew, do not remember her, I vaguely my Daddy visiting her I think. When we get it going please comment on the Stained Glass Manner.
    Also, please comment on the “Compton Aprartments” mentioned above. And yes, that is another disaster.

    Sam P

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