HLA’s 2012 Annual Wine and Cheese Membership Party
A Gatsby Great Afternoon
“and I like big parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
Date: September 30, 2012 Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Place: The home of Dr. and Mrs. John Hartley, 417 McClung Avenue, Huntsville AL 35801
The Patton-Hartley House, built in 1867 in the Romantic Italianate style, was a reaction to the formal classical ideals that characterized the art and architecture of the mid-nineteenth century. The house finds its inspiration in the rambling, informal square-towered houses of the Italian countryside. As Mr. Frank J. Nola, Jr. stated in the 2005 Huntsville Pilgrimage brochure, the Italianate style dominated American house construction from 1850 to 1880. Large eave brackets, typical of the style, dominate the cornice line of the house. A highly detailed porch on the east side of the house is original to the house and has been enclosed as year-round living space. The porch is balanced on the west side by a porte cochere, an innovative architectural device that allowed carriages riders to embark and disembark under cover. The interior features gracious, high-ceilinged spaces with simple, elegant architectural details. Modern additions, including a stone columned loggia on the garden side are sympathetic to the character and spirit of the original house. Land where this home is built was part of Pope’s Hill and owned by Leroy Pope’s heirs until it was deeded to Charles Patton, a physician, who then deeded the land to his son Oliver Beirne Patton and his wife Bettie White Patton. The home was occupied by the Patton family from 1867 until the 1940’s. The present owners of the home, Dr. John and Kim Hartley and their three children, enjoy the history and beauty of the home.
Members Only: This event is for members only, but membership dues may be paid at the door.
For an invitation, call: 256-489-7089 or 256-971-1929