The LaPorte House

Built in 1836 by John LaPorte, son of Bartholomew LaPorte, who was one of the principal settlers at Azilum. John was born at Azilum, in 1798, and grew up to be a State Senator and U.S. Congressperson. When he was in his late 30s, he decided he wanted a summer home similar to the grand mansions and country homes he had seen in Philadelphia, New York, and even England and Italy.

Before you begin your guided tour, take a moment to notice the House's architecture. It has been called French Colonial, because there are elements of that style, especially the veranda on the southeastern side. However, there are also Federal and Georgian architectural features in the structure, and the Palladian triple motif window in the third-story gable is inspired by 16th Century Italian design. As you approach the front door look to the left of the house. Here you will see the original cornerstone laid by John LaPorte in 1836. As you wait on the front porch for your guide, note the bluestone beneath you. These are original and were quarried nearby. Hand-blown glass from the window panes were brought from Philadelphia and glazed into frames with white lead. You will also see a large millstone on the front lawn which is believed to have been from the original village's gristmill.

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