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...

13 comments:

steve said...

What a way to document your thoughts and experiences! This is terrific! It's funny, 'cause it seems wherever I've moved to, it just so happens to be a block or two away from some historic neighborhood, which is always a plus. Good luck with the place and your discoveries regarding the structure.

Tita Mama said...

I, too, love old homes with a "past" and I've always dreamed of restoring one. Unfortunately, I moved into a new house 40 years ago, so I hope that my home will, one day, become "this old house with a past" for someone else. -- Love your art!!

hrsj said...

it is so interesting to think about the history and stories about the houses and people that have occupied them.
our house has quirks galore.
i hope you find something on your house and share it with us!
stay cool today too

Krissy said...

I love old houses! We used to live in one that was built in 1902- it was really an amazing house. I wonder how many families have lived there... Good idea on getting a structural engineer to check it out :)

please sir said...

Wow - sounds wonderful. I hope my future-cool house is an old house with lovely quirks!

daisy janie said...

We have a quirky old home, too. We were told it was one of the original farmhouses when this area was an orchard. And we just lost the last a 100-year-old cherry tree from that time, too!

Our house slopes to the center so nothing sits level!

♥ Tiny Red said...

great! in England we've always favored the 1930's houses to live... there's something wonderful about them.

TinyRed is back on track today... methinks, anyway :)

lisa {milkshake} said...

Jan of Daisy Janie and I must have similar houses! Ours dates from about 1899 and was the farm in the neighborhood. We even have some weird paragraph in our title that states that we're not allowed to raise farm animals. Oh, darn.

We also just lost two trees that were here for about 80 years. Luckily the house is sturdy so the major damage was limited to the roof!

Kelly C. said...

i LOVE this. we live in a century house and really love the old-house lifestyle. i love thinking about all of the memories a house has experienced along with its occupants.

our house had a ghost when we first moved in. i am pretty sure it was a previous owner. (we later found out that he and his family had lived here all of his life, then he passed the paid-for house down to his daughter. she lost the house to pay off gambling debts. it sold to a sweet couple who fixed it up and flipped it to us.) i think that the ghost stuck around until we made the house our home and then went upon his way. he wasn't scary or anything... just there.

L. said...

Our 1922 house is sinking on one side and has been for years. I used to worry about it but now I think that I'm just going to let it and keep shaving the bedroom door. Pretty soon it will look like a trapezoid.

Laurie
http://slowlysheturned.net

aimee said...

i love love love these old quirky house stories...

holly said...

We love old homes too and live in a historic neighbourhood. When we wanted to find out how old our house was, we called the city fire department and they told us our home was built in 1926. I'm sure that they have records in city hall, maybe ask in the building department. Great blog too! Love your journal pages!

e. beck said...

i love your quirky house just from reading about it!