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Dog Trot House

Poplarville, Mississippi
This small weekend house for a New Orleans couple is sited in the rural hills of southern Mississippi overlooking a small pond. Set in a context of small farms, scrub land and intermittent pine forests, the design draws its form and materiality from the simple vernacular prototypes anchored out in the neighboring fields: small barns, chicken coops, tin sheds and mobile homes. The dog trot prototype, typical in the rural South, was the plan generator, making the house a frame or gateway for the pond and landscape beyond. This open space, which serves as a sheltered and informal dining porch, provides a cool, breezy place to sit on hot days. The open porch divides and defines the functions of the structure which is comprised of four cells: a storage/workroom, the dining porch, a living space and a screened porch. The storage bay can be accessed at grade level for recreational and maintenance vehicles (tractor, lawn mower, four- wheelers). The living space is a double height volume with a sleeping loft above a kitchen nook, closets and a bathroom. The adjoining screened porch is perched on the crest of an incline and overlooks a swampy corner of the pond. The house is of wood frame construction on an unpainted concrete block base. Stained board and batten siding is interlaced with horizontal weatherboard siding. A single-slope standing seam metal roof is a diagonal counterpoint to a freestanding masonry chimney serving an outdoor hearth. Broad steps and a raised concrete deck extend the central dog trot space into the landscape.


2003, Honor Award, AIA New Orleans
2004, Merit Award, AIA Gulf States Region
2005, Honor Award, AIA Louisiana

Related Publications

“House of the Month”, Architectural Record, 2007   
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