August 11, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

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Book of the Week!

The Elements of Style by Stephen Calloway & Elizabeth Cromley

” Owners and potential buyers of period houses, restorers, architects, interior designers and historical preservationists will find this reference invaluable.

The Elements of Style is the most comprehensive visual survey, period-by-period, feature-by-feature, of the styles that have had the greatest impact on interiors of American and British domestic architecture. Compiled by a team of experts, this is the first book on architectural styles that is comprehensive, incredibly thorough, and accessible in its presentation of individual details.

This magnificent volume covers more than 500 years of architectural styles from Tudor to Post-Modern and includes American and British vernacular styles. First published in 1991 (with 150,000 copies sold), this new edition is expanded to include the most contemporary styles.

Detailed illustrations include 3,000 analytical drawings and historic engravings, 400 photographs in color and 1,000 in black and white.

The heart of The Elements of Style is a chronological survey of the primary styles and periods of architectural design. Each chapter begins with an illustrated essay, then covers in detail features such as:

Walls, floors and ceilings
Ironwork and hardware
Woodwork and built-in furniture
Kitchen stoves and fireplaces
Essential period architectural details, and more.

The book also includes:

A useful system of quick reference, employing color-coded tabs showing how particular features evolved over time, and
A fully updated resource list with contact information for locating suppliers of those design elements illustrated throughout the book.

The Elements of Style is the essential reference for preservationists, architects, interior designers, owners of period homes, and historians. “

121 Comments on August 11, 2017: Link Exchange & Discussion

  1. Sorry for the short posting week. Some people think this site has more people running it than just me. I did hire someone to keep up with status/price changes but when I’m off there are no posts and no newsletters sent. There’s about 5500 houses on the site so you can always browse old posts, the search bar on the right lets you look at any time, period, price and status when I’m off or better yet, read past link exchange post comments.

    About the book of the week, I linked (click the photo or the title of the book) to the 1991 edition. Visit Amazon and click their “Look Inside” link/photo to check out the awesomeness of this book. Black and white and color photos along with illustrations of the different features, interior and exterior of residential architecture from the Tudor era to the 1970s. Take a peek at the illustrations of windows, doors, newel posts, floors, ceilings, walls, built-ins, metal work, lighting, mantels, stoves, hardware and even tubs, toilets and sinks! Last weeks book were for those interested in learning about the different styles, this book are for those wanting to know more about the details.

    There’s a 1997 edition: link and a newer 2012 edition: link or the 1991 edition linked above.

  2. A 1902 mansion in Massachusetts.

    An 1899 Victorian.

    A pricey mansion that has a lot of updates to it but still holds a lot of charm at the same time, you just need to look for them!

    A bit of a fixer-upper built in 1906.

    And I’m just crazy in love with this little 1925 stone cottage!

    • I wouldn’t do much fixing-up to that great house in Albany; just whatever was necessary but very little cosmetically. I like it just the way it is!

      That stone cottage is awesome but a little close to the water line, yikes!

    • The Amherst house is beautiful and really nicely renovated. Curious about the taxes. According to Zillow the taxes went from $9K in 2016 to $24K in 2017. That’s a 168% increase!! Ouch.

      • It looks like they did extensive renovations. You can see the lot is all dirt in Google maps. I assume taxes were much higher afterwards. Aside from a few things, I really like it. If I do relocate, a college town is one of my criteria.

    • Lindsay,

      Wow, so many interesting finds. I adore the stone cottage. Wow, what a spot. I also love, love the 1899 Victorian. Why is there a woodstove in the attic though, vented to the roof? Since there is duct work on the floor it cannot be so you can use the space? Or is it to heat the space to aid in heating the house? I also was wondering what is all the wall in the attic of the fixer upper. It has pipes going to it.

  3. A home built in 1912 located in Yonkers NY.

    A 1901 stone house. There’s a lot that seems to suggest it might be a bit older than 1901 though. Zillow gets confused sometimes I think.

    An 1825 farmhouse with a big red barn adorned with hex symbols. I’m in love!

    An 1887 historic property located in Philly. I can’t remember if I posted this before or not but here it is again.

    • Some really great old houses, good eye! Agree with you think the first Ottsville house is 100 years older? What idyllic settings on both Ottsville homes too.

    • Yonkers–Oh my gosh what a neat house! That stained glass window, that fireplace, that kitchen, that original bathroom!

    • I like that first one in Worcester Co., MA! Other than changing some of the wallpapers, I like it the way it is. Incl. the kitchen, which is so light, bright, & cheery, while being calming at the same time. Pretty! And a nice screened-in porch!

    • It is a common practice among professional paint contractors to
      recommend an off white color scheme in almost all the different rooms
      of a house. Painting rooms different colors looks unattractive to me.
      However, I do like a light yellow or cream color, especially in the kitchen.

    • I know…I really don’t get the new trend of bare wood, plain porch pillars these days. They just look like the stopped in the middle of a repair job and never finished it.

  4. Heyloo again everyone! Welcome back oh fearless leader. Great Khaleesi of the great Old Homes Blogosphere!*

    Today’s theme isn’t so much of a theme, rather a location. All in sleepy little Wooster, OH. It’s about an hour and a half northeast of Columbus; an hour south of Cleveland. Home to one of the agricultural research stations (OARDC) of Ohio State University.

    Queen Anne. 1863
    See what I found on #Zillow!

    Queen Anne. 1897. I drove passed this. It’s currently a B&B and on a fairly busy drive. Well, “busy” is relative. I looked at the home following this one and it’s right nearby. Other was too busy for me.
    See what I found on #Zillow!

    1914. I liked littthings in it. But road was too busy and didn’t grab me overall. But lots of fun.
    See what I found on #Zillow!

    Tudor. 1927. Has a sort of old world hunting lodge vibe to me. Love the brick fireplace.
    See what I found on #Zillow!

    Be well all. For the night is dark and full of terrors.

    And I should slow down my Game of Thrones viewing.

    • This house has some great fireplaces! I also don’t hate the color of the woodwork.

  5. My 1940’s house is for sale in Laurens sc if anyone is interested. Look at the pictures at 120 Todd Ave Laurens sc 29360 It is not as grand as this one but it is such an amazing house to live in and the neighborhood is beautiful and full of historic homes to look at. I never get tired of walking around and looking at them.

    • Amazing place! I would want it to come with everything in it for sure! Beautifully decorated.

  6. Beautiful Brick 1915 Farmhouse:

    Mason is a great little town; county seat, so there’s plenty going on in it’s own right — nice little library, great ice cream store and brewery too! Plus, just over the hill from all that the state Capitol and MSU has to offer — museums, great Korean food, diversity of shops and events throughout the year.

    • Amazing! And the “extra” much older house in the background is veeeerrrrry interesting!

    • Genoa, thanks for the house in Lacona NY! It was built by Fred W. Smart (1859-1936) for himself and his wife Cora. Fred crafted all the fine maple woodwork and floors, and built the carriage house. He also built boats, carriages and furniture, but his most famous project was Smart’s Steam Wagon, one of the first trucks ever built.

      Cora left the house to their nephew Ned Blodgett, who lived there until 1980. Originally, there was a finial on the left tower, cresting on the right, and a balustrade on the walk-out porch roof. The kitchen isn’t original but it’s vintage and nice – needs baths to match. The house ticks a lot of boxes, including beautiful, NRHP-listed, livable, inexpensive, authentic, peaceful location, big yard, low taxes (for NY). Snow doesn’t bother me (I just stay inside), but the somewhat remote hamlet location might. If only I was looking to move!

  7. I agree Bethany the stone cottage in Mahopac, NY is a little close to the water line. If you had young children or elderly parents or pets it would not work even as a second home. There is something about it also that gives me the willies. I know of a house in N.C. a friend owns on Lake Willey and is not this close to the water. When the house was opened for the season. It would take some time before you could stay in the house because everything is covered in that fuzzy blueish mold even on a hair brush in the bedroom, that might be why this one gives me the willies. Wonder how often the lake gets out of bank like in the spring with winter thaw also.

    • Really nice (except for the mounted deer head!), with a restrained elegance. Would kind of like to see that DR’s mural better. If done well, I tend to be a sucker for murals.

    • Oh, wow… The exterior color scheme does nothing for me, but… the interior has so many great elements! That staircase & its various details, and a bunch of the doors & windows!!

  8. Fulton is not too far from me. It is a small city with many beautiful older homes. But if you don’t LOVE snow, it’s not for you!

    • LOl, that’s true – good ol’ Lake Ontario, unfrozen, provides plenty of lake effect snow! On the other hand, a very distinct four seasons.

  9. 1914; Rather unique – one of the homes for sale within a little enclave of attached houses with a courtyard, on (or just off, dep. on how you look at it) the main street of Utica, NY:

    1905; former carriage house, in the countryside & slightly north of Utica:

  10. The 1st house is a treasure. The whole enclave looks like a terrific place to live.

    • Beautiful architecture, though I’d label it as a French Eclectic or a Norman inspired cottage. Nice find, and I agree it looks like it jumped out of a storybook.

  11. Springfield (MA) Preservation Trust just posted on their FB page that this house is in “need of a loving new owner” – it is being auction starting in a couple of days. Second link is to an earlier picture of the exterior – 3 picture from the end

  12. Hey y’all! I’ve missed you! I’ve been doing contract work in the evenings and I’m FINALLY done. First time I’ve been able to browse in a while!

    Couple of great bargains.

    1888 Queen:

    1132 NW Harrison St,
    Topeka, KS 66608
    5 beds · 3 baths · 2,832 sqft

    This says 1879, which seems a little early. Very restorable:

    330 E Willow St,
    Cherokee, IA 51012
    4 beds · 2 baths · 1,818 sqft

  13. Oh, it’s gorgeous! The first time I’ve ever seen a house where the rear of the house is prettier than the front!

  14. There hasn’t been much happening up in my neck of the woods, but I do have a few to share this week!

    An amazing church/private residence in Bethany, MO

    Immediately from the exterior, this home is breathtaking!

    This one has had a quite a few updates over the years, but still maintains some beautiful original features.

    This home has so many shades of blue going on and I am in love!

  15. Just spent the weekend in the Adirondacks, so I guess I’m still in that mindset at workthis morning haha…

    Very cool Adirondack style cabins in Stony Creek, NY

    Beautiful Rustic Shingle Style home in Elizabethtown, NY

    Really cool Arts and Crafts home in Saranac Lake, NY

    Picturesque Cabin in Elizabethtown, NY with amazing mountain views!

    Camp Crow’s Nest, Lake Placid, NY

    • Wow that’s some house. Looks like a c.1910 Colonial/ Classical Revival mansion that would be worth the substantial effort to restore.

    • I most esp. like its bathrooms!! Really, really nice. Seems like a decent price for such a large house.

    • My home state too!!! I grew up in Newtown, mother is from Darien and dad, Stamford. I adore CT and miss it.

      This isn’t just a house it is it’s own eco system. Wow, what a dream to be the steward of such a wonderful place.

    • I have no idea about this area but is this a bit pricey for how much work it needs? That being said she is just gorgeous. The curved wall with the curved window is fabulous. I was wondering what the foil like wall covering was?

      • When I was browsing the area, it appears St. Paul/ Minneapolis is generally expensive. Lots of pretty old homes around.

    • ACK!!! No, no and no. I just could not imagine living near a place were so many had died.

    • I would have fun decorationing this beauty. Of course my husband would be living outside in a tent since he thinks Italianates all look as if they are haunted.

  16. I am posting this mansion in Bar Harbor because I have never scene this style of home here in Maine (Which is?). This would be right at home in RI but here in a place where the “cottage” reigns supreme and where the wealthy kept their structures understated this mansion is a standout. Built in 1907 I wonder how many Great Gatsby type parties it has seen? However, for 15 million dollars it needs a pool and some gardens and a barn. *wink*

    • It seems Bar Harbor had quite a collection of gilded age “cottages” occupied by the same social elite that frequented Newport. The Depression, WWII, and a huge fire that destroyed dozens of them in 1947 put an end to most of it. Some still remain, however, and those that do tend to stand out as you correctly pointed out. This early 20th century Mediterranean Revival mansion with Beaux-Arts detailing is a very special property indeed.

      • Thank you so much for that bit of history John and for qualifying the style of this mansion. It’s like a bright jewel among many pearls.

    • Realtor needs to learn to drive the drone and take better pictures. Wow, if I owned this beautiful home I would not be happy.


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