Tuesday, July 22, 2008
the quirk is the charm
we love old homes, and we've settled in historic neighborhoods with each of our recent moves. old homes are full of mysteries and quirks, and for us the quirk is the charm, even when it is inconvenient. in minneapolis we had no a/c (which you really do need in the summer), in dallas we had no storage space, and in this house, the strangest of the lot, we are short one bedroom, have no storage space, and we have college students next door that shout expletives at 3 a.m. under our window.
but the upshot is that we're within a five minute walk of downtown. things are happening. there is always something fresh and odd to see. there are people. there is life. things are in motion. it makes me feel alive. i love it.
on my to-do list is to figure out how old this place really is. one neighbor thinks it was built in the 1930s; the real estate records have it dated from 1890-1910. we hired a structural engineer to reassure us that it wasn't going to fall down. he said it was more reminiscent of the 1870s. so no one really knows. but i bet the county historical museum does, so that's where i'll be going.
i love quirky old house stories. so please share if you have one...
Posted by aimee