|The principal elevation of The Menagerie.|
|The Menagerie as it appeared before restoration|
in a 1971 issue of Country Life magazine.
Then good fortune shined again as a whole cache of photos -- and floor plans -- were provided by Tom Barton of Dixie Graphics in Nashville (a good source for architectural signage, plaques and recognition awards). Although these images date from the sales brochure showing alterations by a subsequent owner, more of the story of this very special residence is revealed.
|An arial view of the Menagerie|
showing a plowed agricultural field to the north.
In its present incarnation, the folly is treated as the great house of an estate. The four acres associated with the residence are developed beyond the three allees planted in 1982 with additional features added by Gervase and later owners. Currently, the surrounding parkland is planted in crops, gone to pasture grazed by a rare breed of cattle, or left as woodland.
|The Menagerie from the south|
showing additions and alterations by later owners.
The additions behind the screen walls flanking the main block were further expanded and a twin was given to each of the end pavilions.
|The new west entrance|
with the added pavilion on the right.
A new entrance at the west end opens into an octagonal Hall with a limestone floor and a cupola brings in natural light. A fitted Kitchen is adjacent and equipped with double ovens, a ceramic hob cooktop, plus an integrated refrigerator, dishwasher, and wine cooler.
|The altered Dining Room of the Menagerie.|
|The Saloon with a glimpse of Father Time|
at the center of the ceiling at the top of the image.
|The Saloon, showing the restored plaster decoration|
and the recreated plaster urns in the niches.
|The Master Bedroom.|
|The Second Bedroom.|
|The Bathroom adjoining the Second Bedroom|
occupies the original east pavilion.
|The entrance to the Shell Grotto.|
|Orpheus in the Shell Grotto.|
Orpheus plays to animals under a vault of tufa, shells, and minerals. And an open fireplace is guarded by Cerberus, the three-headed dog. This level, which originally contained the kitchen, also has a gym with sauna and shower, and a wine cellar.
|A detail in the Shell Grotto.|
Except as noted, all images are from the sales brochure produced by Estate Agents Jackson-Stops & Staff. Photos of the garden and auxiliary buildings will follow in Part III, the next posting of The Devoted Classicist.