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Docent Myhra Tubridy rolls cookies on a possum belly cabinet in Lawndale’s kitchen.
Lawndale's expansive wraparound porch with its Chippendale-style railing offers
a magnificent view of the Indian River.
excellent eye for design. Vistas of the Indian River abound
from the huge windows of his 3,500-square-foot residence.
Even on a hot day, the house remains cool, thanks to the river
breezes that seem ever-present.
Though the busy, busy Williams must have had precious
spare time, he thoughtfully crafted an enticing wraparound
porch where he could rock away the evenings listening to the
birds. On the second floor, he created four bedrooms, all with
outstanding river or woodland views.
The trust has furnished the house as it would have looked
in the 1870s, right down to the schoolroom above the
kitchen. Some of the pieces are original and some are periodappropriate
treasures obtained through interchanges with
other historical homes that are part of the Museums of Brevard.
Just as with any home renovation, the work never ends.
“We still have two large projects to accomplish, the restoration
of an upstairs bathroom and the complete restoration of the
carriage house with a restroom, office, conference area and
display space,” Pope said.
In addition to countless hours of volunteer labor, Lawndale’s
extreme makeover was made possible with two state
preservation grants, plus generous public support.
CARRYING STORY FORWARD
It is easy to fall under Lawndale’s spell, as volunteers Frank
and Mary Repass well know.
“Lawndale is a wonderful example how one person can make a
positive development in our world,” Frank Repass said.
Mary Repass has kept her eye on Lawndale for years. >>