Front elevation

Front elevation

Front door detail-ironwork by Henry Potter Ironworks / Dallas

Front door detail-ironwork by Henry Potter Ironworks / Dallas

Fanciful gargoyle by Mansbendel

Fanciful gargoyle by Mansbendel

Ludwig Von Beethoven bust in redwood by Mansbendel

Ludwig Von Beethoven bust in redwood by Mansbendel

Franz Liszt bust in redwood by Mansbendel

Franz Liszt bust in redwood by Mansbendel

Lotus relief carving by PM

Lotus relief carving by PM

Acanthus detail in music room by PM

Acanthus detail in music room by PM

Green man mantle attributed to PM

Green man mantle attributed to PM

Green man detail attributed to PM

Green man detail attributed to PM

Example Frame

Frank L. Blankenship

Architect/Builder: Hal Thomson and Frank Swain
Year: 1918
Style: Tudor Revival
Areas of Significance: Art, Architecture
City: Dallas

F.L. Blankenship House
In 1922, Mansbendel was engaged by Hal Thomson and Frank Swain to provide carvings for the Dallas home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Blankenship. Mrs. (Ella Par) Blankenship was a well know voice teacher at the Hockaday School. For her studio he executed portrait busts of her favorite composers: Beethoven and Liszt (~15" in Redwood). He also carved a chandelier, molding, built-in cabinets and corbels in this room. Elsewhere in the house may be found a limestone fireplace mantel, a door with circular insert and other carved elements are simple but attractively carved. Outside, the front entrance is guarded by a pair of mildly outrageous gargoyles.
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