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. Lindsay G (843 comments) - 08/11/2017 at 9:06 pm //

    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!

    • Bethany (1770 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 9:53 am //

      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!

    • krstout (28 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 11:17 am //

      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.

      • RT (31 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 4:29 pm //

        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.

    • Sue Sue (1165 comments) - 08/18/2017 at 2:46 pm //


      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. Lindsay G (843 comments) - 08/11/2017 at 9:16 pm //

    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.

    • cheryl plato (126 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 3:11 am //

      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.

    • Bethany (1770 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 9:57 am //

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

    • shellbell67 (127 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 11:10 am //

      The one in Yonkers is crazy cool & it makes me smile! 🙂

    • Cathy F. (1074 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 10:23 pm //

      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!

    • shellbell67 (127 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 11:33 am //

      That Boston house is gorgeous! Lots of gasping from me too!

  4. Paul Price (166 comments) - 08/11/2017 at 10:43 pm //

    just wanting to see inside. I don’t think the upstairs covered porch is original.

  5. Paul Price (166 comments) - 08/11/2017 at 11:18 pm //

    They apparently got a good deal on white paint. However, there are many things to like.

    • BosqueNorse BosqueNorse (252 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 6:07 pm //

      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.

    • Shelly B (3 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 12:01 am //

      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.

  6. Cathy F. (1074 comments) - 08/11/2017 at 11:58 pm //

    1916 center hall colonial revival in Mohawk Valley. Brick house w. tiled roof, & side porch. Breakfast nook looks like its table & benches are probably original, as does the ceiling light fixture in LR; triple casement windows in the DR.

  7. BugLady (31 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 1:00 am //

    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.

  8. Lottie Lottie (409 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 6:28 am //

    Love the stairs but lots of woodwork painted, including a scary fireplace mantel.,-Demopolis,-AL-36732_rb/

    • shellbell67 (127 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 2:05 pm //

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

  9. Kat (5 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 7:38 am //

    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.

  10. CharlesB (222 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 7:48 am //

    Downsizer’s Delite–A Second Empire cutie in the town of Winsted, in the Northwest Hills of Connecticut, a whisker under 1200 sf:

  11. Jo Ann Graham (17 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 8:03 am //

    Lovely old home in a very beautiful and revitalized Historic District. Houses for sale here are scarce as hen’s teeth.

    • shellbell67 (127 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 2:15 pm //

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

  12. I added a few blogs to the blog reading list:

  13. PepperReed (56 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 10:06 am //

    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.

    • shellbell67 (127 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 3:00 pm //

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

  14. Genoa (2 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 1:27 pm //

    2 towers, pressed tin siding, and a free standing staircase.

    • shellbell67 (127 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 3:05 pm //

      Wow! I love this one! Especially the staircase-how cool is that?

    • JimH JimH (3751 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 9:24 pm //

      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!

  15. Ashley403 (47 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 3:09 pm //

    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.

  16. CharlesB (222 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 4:11 pm //

    Born-on-a-Bayou-style country inn on 61 acres in the heart of the Allegany Mountains in beautiful Angelica, New York. Priced at $229,000:

  17. Ashley403 (47 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 4:43 pm //

    I do not think this has been posted yet Overlooking the Delaware River this Grand Second Empire Style according to the realtor: home:,-75.068894,40.417155,-75.230427_rect/12_zm/

  18. gapdweller allan (56 comments) - 08/12/2017 at 10:25 pm //

    2 homes, both c. 1800, joined as one. National Register of Historic Properties. Beautifully restored, on a lovely street.

    • Cathy F. (1074 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 3:03 pm //

      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.

    • Cathy F. (1074 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 2:57 pm //

      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!!

  19. EileenM (141 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 12:51 pm //

    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!

    • Cathy F. (1074 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 3:00 pm //

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

  20. Cathy F. (1074 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 1:13 pm //

    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:

  21. Laurie W. (1378 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 2:49 pm //

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

  22. Ed Ferris (333 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 4:40 pm //
    I keep thinking this has been posted before, but it doesn’t come up in a search. An estate with several buildings, didn’t sell at $450k down to $250K, now foreclosed for taxes. I don’t know where all the photos the listing mentions are, but the historical ones show what’s missing. Very little else on Zillow.

  23. Cathy F. (1074 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 6:03 pm //

    1931; Tudor Revival, maybe qualifies as “Storybook”? Yonkers, NY:

    • CharlestonJohn CharlestonJohn (604 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 8:15 pm //

      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.

  24. Anne M. (399 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 6:50 pm //

    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

  25. tess (134 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 7:08 pm //

    Historic, quaint village on Eastern Shore of Maryland, 1910 Victorian. River runs down to Chesapeake Bay. 1920 Victorian nicely updated. Would make great get-a-way from DC, Balto, Philly or a nice B&B.

  26. Cora Cora (1096 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 9:28 pm //

    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

    • BosqueNorse BosqueNorse (252 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 11:24 pm //

      Like the architecture of both and the red woodwork in the kitchen on the first.

  27. Ozzie (20 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 10:10 pm //

    Here’s a beauty from my hometown that I always admired as a kid.

  28. Tommy Q (408 comments) - 08/13/2017 at 10:41 pm //
  29. Shelly B (3 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 1:45 am //

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

  30. KTschnooks (60 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 10:49 am //

    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!

  31. Tony Bianchini (10 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 10:53 am //
  32. Matt Z (62 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 11:06 am //

    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

    • Cathy F. (1074 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 6:52 pm //

      The views of the mountains from the next-to-last house really are great!

  33. Sharon (114 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 2:42 pm //

    Pittsburgh mansion $275,000 actually in town called Friendship.
    needs love but great woodwork, 7 bedrooms and 4 baths.

    • CharlestonJohn CharlestonJohn (604 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 8:34 pm //

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

    • Cathy F. (1074 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 6:50 pm //

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

  34. DreamsDoComeTrue (15 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 3:37 pm //
  35. Tim O (9 comments) - 08/14/2017 at 9:05 pm //

    Here is a 1925 Spanish revival in Richmond VA. It is already pending.
    3525 Grove Ave in The Museum District, Richmond, VA 23221

    $450,000 | 4 Bed • 4 Bath

  36. Cora Cora (1096 comments) - 08/15/2017 at 12:07 am //

    The historical photo included in this listing makes me wish I had been born about 40 years sooner.

    Such a cool old house. Porch envy…yes indeed.

    1102 S 2nd St,
    Mcalester, OK 74501
    3 beds · 1 bath · 1,844 sqft

  37. basehead617 (2 comments) - 08/15/2017 at 4:19 am //

    Just saw this absolutely gorgeous place in Goshen, Connecticut (my home state that I miss greatly)

    Beautiful brick home built in 1802 with luxurious and mature grounds. Looks like the original structure has some quite original-state wide-plank floor rooms.

    • Sue Sue (1165 comments) - 08/18/2017 at 11:22 am //

      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.

  38. basehead617 (2 comments) - 08/15/2017 at 6:17 am //

    Here’s another in my hometown –

    What do you think of the listed build date – 1690?? It certainly has that truly ancient colonial look inside, barring the obvious updates.

    • Sue Sue (1165 comments) - 08/18/2017 at 11:32 am //

      My best friend lives in Southbury.

      What and exquisite piece of property. I am smitten.

  39. Ed Ferris (333 comments) - 08/15/2017 at 8:39 am //
    $99K, $1,140 taxes
    An architect’s Romanesque take on the common planbook design of one-and-a-half story with tower. One very odd room with a white stone wall — if it’s fake, how does the fireplace work? — and a miniature grand piano. Needs work.

  40. Igeekhistory (3 comments) - 08/15/2017 at 3:20 pm //

    Muskegon, Michigan- 1877 Victorian: I live near this house and it is in a wonderful historic safe neighborhood and it has a great view of the lake.

  41. Cora Cora (1096 comments) - 08/15/2017 at 7:03 pm //

    Little Victorian cottage with yummy patterned wood floors:

    1330 N Market St,
    Wichita, KS 67214
    2 beds · 1 bath · 1,344 sqft

  42. Cora Cora (1096 comments) - 08/15/2017 at 7:22 pm //

    Stunning interior – I was surprised! Much fancier than the exterior would suggest. What a wistful beauty. Love the dining room:

    401 5th St SE,
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    5 beds · 2 baths · 2,594 sqft

    • Sue Sue (1165 comments) - 08/18/2017 at 2:18 pm //

      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?

      • Cora Cora (1096 comments) - 08/18/2017 at 5:50 pm //

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

  43. Cora Cora (1096 comments) - 08/15/2017 at 7:44 pm //

    No interior pics…boo.
    That sunset pic is redeeming, though.
    We need our highly revered JimH to tell us what the whole story is with this place. 😉

  44. Late 1800 jail now a home. Complete with jail cells and hanging facility.

    • Sue Sue (1165 comments) - 08/18/2017 at 2:02 pm //

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

  45. Lisa Martin (3 comments) - 08/16/2017 at 7:05 am //

    Beautiful Victorian farmhouse for $129,900.
    Danville Illinois.

  46. Melissa Luginski (1 comments) - 08/16/2017 at 4:05 pm //

    Rare! All Updated Mechanical combined with all Original 1855 Italianate! Stone Gated Estate Property. All in Up and Coming Lapeer Michigan, North of Metro Detroit.

    • Sue Sue (1165 comments) - 08/18/2017 at 2:07 pm //

      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.

  47. JimH JimH (3751 comments) - 08/16/2017 at 10:04 pm //

    Oldie but Goodie – on the market for 4 years!
    Just a great house, boring paint job and poly’d woodwork aside. Fine glass and craftsmanship as mentioned by John S. and Rosewater. It also has awesome century-old bathrooms with great old tubs and a sitz bath! If I owned it, my hot water bill would go up quite a bit. Big house for not so much $.

  48. Mandy Woolston (1 comments) - 08/17/2017 at 11:05 am //

    Located in the Queen City of Spearfish, SD! This historic, and well maintained Queen Anne style, home features a combination of all the charm and character of the 19th century with today’s modern conveniences.

  49. Sue Sue (1165 comments) - 08/17/2017 at 5:29 pm //

    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*

    • CharlestonJohn CharlestonJohn (604 comments) - 08/17/2017 at 9:10 pm //

      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.

      • Sue Sue (1165 comments) - 08/18/2017 at 11:08 am //

        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.

  50. Cora Cora (1096 comments) - 08/17/2017 at 9:57 pm //

    This one has such a fantastic aerial photo, but no front exterior view, so I added the street view link below the Zillow link. The tower domes are so beautiful.

    Street view:
    600 W Maple St

  51. Cora Cora (1096 comments) - 08/17/2017 at 10:24 pm //

    This mansion in Montana is on the NRHP. Neat history. The exterior looks much the same as in the historical photo they included:

    100 College St,
    Stevensville, MT 59870
    5 beds · 2 baths · 4,792 sqft

    • Sue Sue (1165 comments) - 08/18/2017 at 2:23 pm //

      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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