Friday, May 10, 2013

Historic Homes in my neighborhood

DH is beginning to suspect I'm taking my sweet time getting up on my feet. Usually I'm running circles doing things I'm not within a day or so after the doctor tells me to stay down. This time, I'm not. I can stand for short periods of time, but if I start to put weight on the ankle, it feels like needles and pain shooting up my leg. So, yeah, I'm not doing much right now.

I'm really hoping to be back to normal middle of next week. . .

Tonight, we're having a teenaged girl sleepover. The boys are supposed to be camping. It's also supposed to rain and one of the boys is sick.

Other bad news this week? The heating element went out in my dryer. Oh and our renters skipped town.

Did I mention we're finally closing Monday on this house we've lived in and loved and fixed up for the past two years? It's also my 19th wedding anniversary!

I feel like I'm on some type of emotional roller coaster. I'm ready to get off...or at least get on that part of the track that is flat.

What I have for you today, are a few of the awesome houses in my neighborhood. I love old homes. I love being able to fix things. I love uncovering the hidden surprises of repairs. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an archaeologist. I guess living in and restoring an old home is helping me live that childhood dream.

This 1914 craftsman has so much character on the inside. Beautiful fireplaces. It used to have built-ins, but those are now over at my house and one of them is responsible for my ankle injury.  The picture doesn't do the English-style garden justice. There are all sorts of healing herbs and pretty blooming flowers. She also invites anyone in the neighborhood to pick her rosemary.

Built around 1916, this house is currently for sale! I haven't been inside, but I imagine it's very much like the other craftsmans in the neighborhood.

Our neighborhood was founded as a town in 1908 and later incorporated in to the city. We had beautiful tree-lined streets until a hurricane in the '80s took down most of the oak trees.

These craftsmans are the smaller houses. Ours is a four square or "prairie box" style and is one of the larger homes.

As with many urban neighborhoods, we are seeing a revival of sorts. We have homes that are being lovingly restored and preserved and others that are in rough shape. A wonderful civic association is doing everything it can. Heck, it was even recognized by This Old House.

We still have a lot to do. Take this amazing house, for example:

What? You can't see the 4000+ square foot house? 

We've lived here for nearly two years before we even knew there was a house there!

This is what the house originally looked like. And hopefully, what it will look like again very soon.

A group in our neighborhood has purchased the house and launched a campaign to save the historic home. If you click on the link you can see more pictures of exactly what needs to happen to save the house. Or you can follow the blog as progress continues. While our own money is tied up in restoring our own home, you can bet we will be donating our time to save this house!

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  1. I'm an archaeologist who has always dreamed of living in and restoring an old home! :) I love old homes. So gorgeous. They just don't build them like they used to!

  2. Wow, that huge old house is beautiful! Can't believe the trees hit it all :)


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