The house has six bedrooms and five bathrooms. On the first floor are an entry hall, living room, dining room, library, kitchen with a butler’s pantry, breakfast room, laundry room, guest suite, servant’s quarters and a screened porch. The second floor features a play room, a sewing room and four bedroom suites.
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Information provided by Tim Gregory, The Building Biographer.
Locke House is based upon Federal-style country homes built in the eastern United States between 1776 and 1820. Named after America’s first political party, Federal-style design was derived from Greek and Roman architecture to embody the ideals of Greek democracy and the Roman Republic.Federal-style details were often much more delicate and refined and were more modest in size compared to more imposing two-story Georgian-style country houses.Homewood, a Baltimore house built in 1800 for Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, might have been the inspiration for Locke House. Decorative detail and other prominent features of Homewood appear throughout Locke House such as the brick veneer on the walls of the main center block, elongated windows at the first level and small dormers with circular head windows on the second floor. Elements of Locke House that depart from tradition include turning the two end wings at right angles to the main section of the house, utilizing wood shingles on the walls of the two end wings and crowning the front door with a Georgian-style broken pediment.
Photo Credits (top and bottom): Maynard L. Parker, photographer. Courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, California | Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Locke, Santa Anita Oaks, as featured in Architectural Digest in 1939.