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Thu Mar 12, 2015, 10:56 AM

Want to see what my house looked like about 130 years ago?



This was it in 2012, when we were repainting.



I've got to get a picture of it from the same angle and upload to photobucket!

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Reply Want to see what my house looked like about 130 years ago? (Original post)
sinkingfeeling Mar 2015 OP
JimDandy Mar 2015 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2015 #2
magical thyme Mar 2015 #3
hunter Mar 2015 #4
sinkingfeeling Mar 2015 #5
Art_from_Ark Mar 2015 #10
Brigid Mar 2015 #13
sinkingfeeling Mar 2015 #15
hifiguy Mar 2015 #6
kwassa Mar 2015 #7
Rozlee Mar 2015 #14
Jackpine Radical Mar 2015 #23
NJCher Mar 2015 #25
ChazII Mar 2015 #32
raccoon Mar 2015 #8
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2015 #9
femmocrat Mar 2015 #11
livetohike Mar 2015 #12
Phentex Mar 2015 #16
riderinthestorm Mar 2015 #17
sinkingfeeling Mar 2015 #18
riderinthestorm Mar 2015 #20
struggle4progress Mar 2015 #19
passiveporcupine Mar 2015 #21
sinkingfeeling Mar 2015 #22
passiveporcupine Mar 2015 #24
NJCher Mar 2015 #26
Manifestor_of_Light Mar 2015 #27
TuxedoKat Mar 2015 #28
shanti Mar 2015 #29
Enthusiast Mar 2015 #30
pnwmom Mar 2015 #31
OnyxCollie Mar 2015 #33
Plucketeer Mar 2015 #34

Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 11:05 AM

1. The dapper guy and woman in the original photo

gave it added interest. Definately post a photo at same angle and maybe with a guy and gal posed in the same position as in the old one.

Nice house, then and now. I really like the paint colors.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 11:27 AM

2. What a beautiful house, my dear sinkingfeeling!

Both views are wonderful. I love your paint choices too!

I agree about your getting a picture from the same angle and posting that. It must be fun living in such a home!

Thanks for sharing!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 11:42 AM

3. beautiful home...

 

but it reminds me of why I walk around my place without my glasses on

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 11:48 AM

4. It reminds me of my great grandparent's house in San Francisco of a similar age...

... (and sadly not in the family since the Great Depression) which looks much the same now as it did new.

The poor houses on either side of it were stripped of their ornamentation in the tasteless 'fifties, 'sixties, and 'seventies when buyers were seeking a "modern" look. All the houses in that neighborhood have been subdivided into small apartments, some of them no larger than my grandma's childhood bedroom.

You have a lovely old home. I enjoyed your post.

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Response to hunter (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 11:51 AM

5. A lot of the neighborhood suffered the same fate. I'm in a Registered Historical District.

My house has the same footprint it did when built. I returned two porches and the stained glass windows on the 3rd. floor.

I do love it.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 08:25 PM

10. One of my professors used to live in a house like that

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I wanted to live in that part of town-- lots of nice old houses and plenty of trees.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 11:40 AM

13. I was going you ask about that stained glass window.

So you had one made to replace the old one that had disappeared over the years?

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Response to Brigid (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 12:47 PM

15. Yes, I found frames at an antique shop and then had the glass put in for

the attic windows. There are 4 original stained glass ones on the first floor. About 80% of all the woodwork is original, but it took me 15 years to get all the paint off. The rest was duplicated as were a few pieces for the porches.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 12:46 PM

6. That is one

 

GORGEOUS house!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:08 PM

7. Here is my house 130 years ago.

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Response to kwassa (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 12:39 PM

14. Ha! That's my house too, except deeper in the woods.

I expect it will be in the middle of a row of strip malls and shopping plazas in a couple of decades the way developers are trying to buy up real estate in all the housing developments and acreage in the area.

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Response to Rozlee (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 02:32 PM

23. In a couple of decades, I wouldn't be surprised

if the urban sprawl is brought to an end due to increased efficiency requirements for transportation & utilities. Our metastasizing messes are not sustainable.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #23)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 03:37 PM

25. yes



I know an urban planner. There is so much going on that people don't know about, and it supports what you say.



Cher

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Response to kwassa (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 14, 2015, 11:59 PM

32. An orange orchard was where

my house was built. Lucky for the neighborhood many trees were left on the lots.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:11 PM

8. The old photo makes me think of Poe or Stephen King! nt

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 08:15 PM

9. wow. stunning house

 

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 08:46 PM

11. I love your color scheme!

Beautiful and very authentic.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 09:05 PM

12. Beautiful! Both versions are stunning. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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Response to livetohike (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 01:14 PM

16. Really I just have to ditto this!

Very nice.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 01:17 PM

17. Gorgeous! Do you know what the original paint colors were?

 

some of the old painted ladies in the town I grew up in banded together and got a historic specialist to come out and work through the layers to find the original colors.

Then some of the owners re-painted hem in the originals.

A few were pretty garish but it was such fun going on that house walk!

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #17)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 01:42 PM

18. LOL, yes, they were the same as it's painted now only in reverse! The base was

the golden color with green shutters (which I haven't replaced) and accents with dark red around the window frames.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #18)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 01:50 PM

20. Oh my!! Lol... Well I'm glad you reversed them. It looks way better this way! Nt

 

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 01:45 PM

19. Yes!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 02:18 PM

21. what a lovely house

I'd like to see more of it, and some inside detail too. I bet the inside is gorgeous too.

Very nice paint job, and I know exactly what it's like to try to remove multiple layers of old paint from an older home...I tried doing it with a log home and eventually had to give up and repaint it (Fanny Mae wouldn't give me enough time to do it right).

How many sq feet?

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Response to passiveporcupine (Reply #21)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 02:27 PM

22. It's about 4800 sq. ft. in total. But I didn't finish the 1200 sq. ft. on the

third floor. Somebody else can do that. I just saved the thing from being condemned!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #22)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 02:43 PM

24. OMG, that's enormous.

What do you do with that much house?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 03:40 PM

26. your house is stunning

I, too, am in love with older houses. It must have been such a thrill to find this picture!

Sad, though, about what you said about the other houses losing their trim. If only those people knew how much went into making that trim.



Cher

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 04:16 PM

27. Very cool!

I have a house that is probably 130 years old. I repainted it and took off the ugly aluminum awnings my grandparents had put on in the 1950s. Unfortunately, my only child has no interest in it.

It's a Gothic Bungalow. One story with high pitched roof and bay windows. I don't have the porch or the gingerbread trim. I can't even get my friends to come see me on weekends that live in Houston and Dallas. I guess they are too busy working. It's a neat old house. It has the most peaceful vibe of any house I've ever been in and a feeling of permanence.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2015, 10:21 AM

28. I love your house

and the photos. I have an older house too, built in the '20s. Getting ready to do some renovations on it this year.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2015, 12:49 PM

29. that's an awesome house!

does it have a big country kitchen and clawfoot tubs?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2015, 01:06 PM

30. Wow! Ya done good!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2015, 10:21 PM

31. You should be very proud. What a great job! n/t

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Sun Mar 15, 2015, 09:08 AM

33. That's one rockin' pad, sinkingfeeling.

 

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Original post)

Sun Mar 15, 2015, 03:47 PM

34. Too cool

 

What our "place" looked like in 1885 - was untilled earth with huge and ancient oak trees. It was truly the Wild West at that time! I'm envious of your charming home, but I wouldn't want the upkeep.

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