Brief History of the Greek-Revival home known as Lane Place

Lane Place was built in 1845 by Senator Henry Smith Lane and his wife, Joanna Elston Lane. Henry died in 1881 and Joanna lived until 1914. Joanna's niece, Helen Elston Smith, inherited the home when Joanna died. Helen died in 1939 and gave the house and its contents to the Montgomery County Historical Society. After some renovation the home became a museum. 95% of the furnishings belonged to the Lanes or the Elston family (Joanna’s family).

House colors:
White  1845 to 1881
Gray in 1881 in mourning of Henry Lane’s passing
Pink after Helen renovated it into an Italianate villa
Yellow from 1920 to 1945
White from 1945 to present


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