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  •  Is the restored house gothic on the interiors (7+ / 0-)

    as well as the exterior? I've always admired the simplicity of your interiors as it makes a great backdrop for your collections. I wonder if the ornate details of a gothic interior would distract from them? Of course, you would find a way to make it all work!

    Doesn't the second house need some work?

    What about adding to your existing house? You've never shown us the kitchen; does it need an update? Maybe you could leave your own stamp on the house by enlarging the kitchen and improving it with current trends and features. I realize you have great respect for old things but sometimes, especially in residential architecture, it's necessary to update and improve. Others did so in the past and you should have no hesitation to do so in the present. Fortunately for the house, you're the perfect person to make these kinds of improvements because you'll be extra-sensitive to how the new combines with the old.

    •  here's a few pics (4+ / 0-)
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      All the windows have diamond panes. The interior is pretty plain. It's the upstairs landing that steals my heart. It is so huge that it's a room and has giant windows overlooking fields. That is where I would live.

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      I have to go out for right now. I am just looking around town at several properties. I love my present house. I am surprised I have never shown mine kitchen as I though I had. I know I have showed the windows, concrete countertops, etc. It use to be a storage room so it's a long galley kitchen.

      I really want to talk about the architect of the house above but there is several reasons right now that I am unable to or even to mention the name of the place below. I do not want this showing up in a google search. The architect designed below, the oldest and first museum in America.

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      •  GUG... (4+ / 0-)
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        is the green one the one in foreclosure???

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 02:57:12 PM PDT

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        •  no, it's this one that needs a LOT of work (3+ / 0-)
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          I am actually attending a meeting at someone's house tomorrow night with a group that is starting to come up with ideas in saving the house. Someone is considering a commercial venture in it that ruin the architecture.

          •  It's a proud structure for sure (2+ / 0-)
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            but a bit boxy and plain for my taste. The truncated third level doesn't appeal to me either. I'm a strong believer in "less is more" but this one just needs something more.

            I imagine the interiors are tasteful and modestly grand?

            What is the commercial venture proposing to do that would destroy the architecture? A total gut on the interior?

            •  okay (3+ / 0-)
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              Built on Main Street in 1788-1789 for XXXXX’s leading merchant, XXXXX. This Adam style house, with a Palladian window and classical proportions, was designed by the architect and builder XXXXX of XXXX. It is the oldest three-story mansion surviving in the Connecticut River valley and resembles the great Federal period mansions built for the wealthy merchants in New England’s coastal cities.
              XXXX's are mine.

              The house was built so no matter which side you approach, you thought you were entering the front. It is quite spectacular. The downstairs hall is so huge that they use to have ballroom dancing there. There are twelve fireplaces. A gay couple bought it and made it into a bed and breakfast a few years back and butchered some of it. The hall was wallpapered in antique maps that they removed. I could have cried as they replaced it with "country cutesy" flowers. Paneling in all rooms remain and the kitchen is like something out of a stage set.

              The second floor right side is the library. My large floor world globe came out of that room.

              •  I think.... (3+ / 0-)
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                Making it into a B&B was a good idea, but what a shame they destroyed things in the making! You don't have to make a B&B cutesy!

                So the structure is square?

                All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

                by kishik on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 04:26:26 AM PDT

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              •  A fine pedigree. (3+ / 0-)
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                And a wonderful history no doubt. It's just not a style I respond to.

                •  I need to take a photo... (3+ / 0-)
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                  Of this small house built on an odd lot down the block from me.  It's really quite nice and not the normal humongo houses they've been builidng around here of late where the house takes up the lot of land with no yard space! Remember, i don't live in Tx where there is a whole lot of room! Lol

                  It's single story... Also an oddity for new houses these days (although it was the norm in earlier decades last century)

                  It's finally done and I see people have moved in. :-)

                  All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

                  by kishik on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 07:07:03 AM PDT

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                  •  I would love to see it. (3+ / 0-)
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                    Austin has a "McMansion" ordinance which prevents large houses from being built on small urban lots. There are parts of the ordinance I agree with but the majority of it is much too restrictive, poorly thought-out, and prohibits creativity. Plus it's putting unnecessary pressure on the tax base and families are discovering they can't get a house the size they want or need in the inner city so they're moving to the suburbs. So our urban sprawl continues unabated.

                    The city is woefully lacking at interpreting and enforcing their own rules and the people making the determinations know very little or absolutely nothing about architecture. They've taken a creative endeavor, beauracratised it, and forced residential design and construction into very narrow constraints. It's appaling and unfortunate. It will be yet another thing that future generations will hate us for.

                    The beauty of the urban fabric is how it changes and morphs over time. There is absolutely nothing organic in McMansion ordinances.

                    •  J.... (3+ / 0-)
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                      The large houses they build here are ugly as all hell.  It's why this small house is so refreshing. It looks like there really was a real architect involved. :-)

                      It makes no sense to me for people to move to the suburbs of NYC to not have the typical greenery around the house to enjoy a grill, patio... All the things that nomally are associated with suburbia and to oractically live on top of your neighbor because there is maybe 5 feet between the house outerwalls! It's insane.

                      Most lots in my nieghborhhod are 60-80x60-120. There is not a lot of space to build a humongo house! Most all are three stories with full attics as well.

                      Bleh.

                      I just hate the home designs.  Just huge boxes built, no grace, no sweet feature that catches the eye.

                      Instead of little boxes of Levittown, you have huge monster houses popping up that all look the same.

                      All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

                      by kishik on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 08:19:35 AM PDT

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      •  Ps.... (3+ / 0-)
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        I love the chimney.

        So all the fireplaces are centralized towards the middle of the house?

        All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

        by kishik on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 04:29:18 AM PDT

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    •  thanks for the compliments jayden (3+ / 0-)
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      I only wish half were true.

      My kitchen is actually very modern in a "rough luxe" style respecting the past but definitely in the 21st century. I did it at the same time as the half bath that I have shown with the stone sink on a wood pedestal and a hanging nickel plated water tank for the toilet. My kitchen use to be a storage area so it's a long galley. It is a one of kind for several reasons. I'll have to get some pictures.

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