Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

The Hart Mansion

In Sacramento’s Midtown area, in a neighborhood known as Boulevard Park, stands a house that has fascinated me since the very first time I noticed it.  It was built in 1907 by Dr. Aden Hart, the founder of one of the local hospitals.

I don’t know much about architecture, but apparently the style of this beautiful old house is Colonial Revival with elements of Craftsman.  It has details like stained glass windows, fish scale shingles, and a wraparound porch.

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There is also a carved lion’s head above the entrance to the porch, which is echoed by another (hard to see) at the roof gable.

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It’s a striking and ornate structure, unique in a part of the city recognized for its Victorian-era houses.

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