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Front Porch

Randy Epp

About the Front Porch

Is there anything that speaks of a true Southern welcome more than a beautiful front porch?

Generously proportioned and elegant, the Front Porch hasn’t really changed since 1906, other than repainting and replacing the porch swing.

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Front Porch - Stories From the Past

Miss Myrt remembers many happy times on the porch – or the front gallery as she called it –playing with friends, spending time with family and getting in to trouble for not being ladylike. Never mind sitting on the porch swing in white shorts – with a boy! She even recalls the porch light beaming when her Daddy was waiting for her to come home from a date.

Mrs. Myrt's father in front of the home, pre-1940.

The Ford children loved playing on the porch too – and fondly remember being shouted at by Mary for climbing on the wagon wheel style railings!

“We loved that porch!” declared Miss Myrt as she recollected being surrounded by the green fern filled flower boxes on the steps and staring out over the azalea bushes.

 

Foyer & Hall

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About the Foyer & Hall

The impressive dog trot foyer is the artery through the house.

With its high ceilings, fans and transoms the hall provided the home with air flow to keep the house cool during the summer.

The double French doors in the foyer provide the formal entrance to the home – and were kept closed to all but the most welcome visitors!

The hallway was restored with new paint; a fresh coat of floor varnish was applied to the original hardwood floor and new lighting – along with the laundry room hidden behind the bookcase!

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Foyer and Hall - Stories From the Past

During Miss Myrt’s younger years, there were curtains mid-way along the hallway that afforded her Grandma privacy from the rest of the home. There was also a telephone table and sofa where she spent time chatting to friends – even though there was no heat in the hallway and it was, as she recalls: “freezing cold.”

Miss Myrt adored her Daddy and remembers with happiness how there used to be a hat rack in the foyer where he used to leave his hat.

And as we all know, wherever you leave your hat is home!

 

Living Room

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About the Living Room

With its original Victorian fireplace and floor to ceiling windows, the sitting room one of the home’s formal reception rooms.

The chandelier was restored, rewired and polished (one crystal at a time). The fabulous pocket doors are original too.

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Living Room - Stories From the Past

Miss Myrt, born in 1923 at the home said that, even 92 years later, she could close her eyes and see it clearly. For the Morgans, the living room hosted formal visits when they had “company” and for the Fords it was at the heart of family gatherings.

The Ford grandchildren remember it being decorated at Christmas – with stockings hanging from the fireplace and a real Christmas tree standing between red velvet drapes covering the floor-to-ceiling windows. The deep red velvet drapes matched the fabric of the ornate Chesterfield too.

Stockings hung over the fireplace for the Ford boys.

 
 

Master Bedroom

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About the Master Bedroom

In order to fit a king sized bed, the fireplace mantel was moved to the new back porch and the closet door removed and turned into the headboard.

New access was made to the bathroom which was remodeled to become a stylish en-suite.

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Master Bedroom - Stories From the Past

The rear bedroom was Grandma Morgan’s room originally. Featuring one of the matching Victorian style fireplaces and a closet, the bedroom had windows onto the garden.

 

Kitchen

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About the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the major projects that transformed the home. Combining the old kitchen and back porch, the expansive room is a new heart of the home. The kitchen island was created from an original 1906 built-in cupboard.

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Kitchen - Stories From the Past

Although the heart of the home, the kitchen wasn’t Miss Myrt’s favorite room!

If there was one thing she disliked doing, it was drying dishes. Both Miss Myrt and her best friend Miss Katherine recall having to dry the dishes at the instructions of Grandma Morgan and as she said vehemently: “I hated it!”

Life wasn’t all bad in the kitchen though – Florence, Dee Dee and Quinn, the children of Thomas Ford Jr., smile when they remember the cooking smells of their dad’s house-help Mary. Mary was an accomplished cook and apparently her fudge was legendary!

After Mary’s passing, when the Ford brothers used to mainly eat their meals at the Dew Drop Inn, Mobile’s oldest surviving restaurant, the stove was removed and the kitchen fell out of regular use.

However, the white enamel drain board sink is going to once again be used for dish drying as it will be resurfaced and the new cabinets built around it.