....swiftly flow the days....
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
To the best of my knowledge, there are only five stone houses remaining in this county. So a few months ago when I saw one of the others on a local realtor's website I was immediately itching to check it out. It went under contract almost immediately (read - before there was any open house) but luckily for me (although admittedly unluckily for the homeowners) the deal fell through. And this past Sunday from 4:00-5:00 the realtor held an open house.
Behind that atrocity of a screen door is the original paneled front door.
As can be seen in these pictures, the house has horizontal stone bands under both the first and second story windows. Other than these bands around the house, the stone construction looks a lot like that of our own house. Even the chisel marks in the stones look identical to the marks in our stones.
Walking through the house, even more similarities to the Einsel House were noticable.
Take these baseboards - Big House at left, Einsel House at right:
Or the framing around the parlor windows:
The left picture above was taken on the way up to the big house's attic. The right picture was taken on the way down to the EH basement.
The window frames in both houses are beveled (at what appears to be an identical angle) and several doors in the big house have the same large center board as our doors at the EH. Even the layout of the houses are similar - centered entrances and centered staircases, both parlors in the front right corner and both original kitchens in the back left corner.
The more I walked through the house the more intrigued I became. The realtor's information sheet gave a build date as 1890, but she probably got that information from the county auditor (who claims the Einsel House was built in 1900 - phoooey.) To my eye, I'd easily place the larger stone house within a decade or less of the EH. The houses are located about 4 miles from each other, both within the same township. It is very conceivable that they were built by the same mason and/or carpenter. Which means that - someday when I have time - I'm going to be digging into the big house's history, hoping that it will perhaps tell me something about my own home's story.
But, since I know you're all curious, I'll share more pictures from the big stone house. As the pictures above have already shown, the bigger house has been slathered in paint. There is not one inch of baseboard or trim or door that has escaped a solid white fate. The walls all have a textured surface, and they too are covered in light colored paint. Too light, in my humble opinion. The details in the larger house are actually a bit fancier than our house, but with the white paint and pale walls everything sort fades into itself. The wood floors in the first floor are all under carpet (beige berber). The second floor is carpet free, but its wood floors are all painted a solid Hershey's Milk Chocolate brown.
All that said, the house is amazing.
In my mind I see this room with the (far) chandelier and adjustable shelves gone, the original wood floors refinished, and a wall color that doesn't try to smother the white trim.
Standing back a few more feet:
Perhaps the most interesting part of the house for me was the attic. I've often wondered what our attic looks like. (Without all the bat dung, that is.) So when I walked into the big house's attic and saw this:
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
No, I haven’t been eaten up by some creepy crawly beastie from the basement. We’re all still here, busy cleaning up from an open house we had on Sunday to celebrate our first Einsel House anniversary. By our count, just under 70 people went through the house. Typically crowds are not my forte, but I must confess that I’m pretty proud of this place and it was wonderful to be able to share it with so many people.