In 1902, Arthur and Ninah began constructing a large English Tudor Revival house, replete with exterior half-timbering and richly carved interior paneling.
“My property covers a little over three acres… running down to the St. Johns River at a point where the river is about one mile in width. There are something over thirty trees on the grounds, practically all of which are evergreen, hence we always have an attractive amount of shade and shadow on the bright green lawn. The house is of the English type, the first story and all the chimneys being built of the dull tapestry brick, and the second and third stories the cement-and-timber type with tiling on the steep English roof. It is situated on a full 150 feet from the street and practically in the center of the property from side to side. We built our home just fifty years ago and have seen many changes in the passing of time…”
“…And now for the livingroom: It is located at the southern end of the house… with floor space 28 × 44. The 13-foot ceiling is of the English parged type. The flooring is of wide, irregular oak boards, pegged down. The oak wainscoting is 7 ½ feet high, and topped by carved panels of various English designs. The casement windows with their mullioned panes, many of which have the soft coloring of old glass, are encased with wide stone… There are two groups of equal sized windows, with a huge fireplace between, the face of the fireplace being of linen fold carving from floor to ceiling…”
Excerpt from a letter written on January 24, 1952 to Mr. Paul Wengraf, London, England, signed Ninah M.H. Cummer.