I just stumbled across an amazing country house estate that will be auctioned next month! Located just 50 miles south of Washington DC, and set on more than 170 acres of Virginia’s finest hunt country, this property — now known as “Poplar Springs” — will be sold at public auction on Wednesday, November 6 at [...]
Last fall, while documenting the attic of an 18th century house in Delaware, I got really excited when I spotted some carpenter’s marks carved on a set of 18th century rafters. It had been awhile since I had seen any. After discussing their purpose with my colleagues, I got to wondering just how common-knowledge [...]
In Thomas Hubka’s Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, he studies the phenomenon of the connected farm landscape of northern New England in the 19th century. Published in 1984, Hubka’s work was on the forefront of defining and expanding the field of vernacular studies. In Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, Hubka examines [...]
Published in 1979, The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625-1725 was a giant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture, and it remains a foundational reference work for scholars of colonial architecture in Massachusetts and beyond. Focusing on the “first period” of settlement, from roughly 1620-1720, Cummings’ excellent work is an encyclopedic and systematic evaluation of [...]
When it comes to admiring old houses, I tend to favor rustic, 200-year old post & beam structures. Yet some of my favorite historic houses are much more modern: Craftsman-style bungalows. This article will highlight the history & characteristics of this beautiful architectural style.
So, this really exists. An 18th century farmhouse (dating to 1795) that is now a McDonald’s restaurant on Long Island in NY.
Even among historic house lovers, I am probably one of the few crazies who would actually love to live in a rustic 17th- or early 18th-century home. An old “New Englander” would be especially nice, with creaky wide-board floors, exposed beams, and wood-paneled walls. I can picture myself enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with my family, gathered [...]
Georgian architecture was the dominant style of 18th century America. This style is called Georgian because it was dominant from approximately the reign of King George I who ascended the throne in 1711, until the end of the American Revolution (King George III). By the early 1700s, English colonies in America were a bit more [...]
This one is, well, just a tad unique. In 1976, a black couple — Donald & Thelma Smith — bought a beautiful mansion (circa 1912) in the historic Hill District of Pittsburgh. While doing some renovations a few years later, some exterior wood was removed from the facade to reveal — surprise, surprise — a [...]
I really like Marshall, Michigan. I’ve only been there once, and that one visit was only a few weeks ago. However, I am smitten. I had long been looking forward to visiting Marshall (well, “long” being since March 2009), when I bought an old copy of Mabel Cooper-Skjelver’s Nineteenth Century Homes of Marshall, Michigan (see left). Flipping through musty pages of old black and [...]