Living Porch, Sid W. Richardson Residence by Maynard L. Parker
About the Work
Sid’s living porch, pictured here, seems designed for comfort and congregating with family and friends. One can imagine the welcoming feel of cool tile underfoot, and cross-breezes, during the hot Texas summers. In the center of the open room is the “flop bench” (as recalled by one of Sid’s great-nephews) outfitted with several plump pillows, where he and his brothers would collapse, and relax. On the back wall of the living porch hangs Frederic Remington’s Unknown Explorers (#28), and in the adjoining living room hangs Charles M. Russell’s Buffalo Hunt (#10) and Returning to Camp (#7). Maynard L. Parker, a Los Angeles-based architectural photographer, took these and other photographs of the island home’s interior and exterior after Texas-based interior designer Robert D. Harrell had redesigned its furnishings. Parker contributed images to many of the nation’s premiere home design publications from the late 1930s through the early 1970s including House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, and Sunset.