An occasional roundup of interesting or fantastic old houses on the market.
Ames-Webster Mansion (shown above) in Back Bay (Boston), a 26,000-square-foot palace with 50 rooms and 28 fireplaces is now bargain priced at $692 a square foot! Curbed.com
The Austin Mansion in Effingham, Illinois was built in 1892 and has a storied history. It was once a college and has been featured on TV and in the press. A great look at it that includes historical photos. Hooked on Houses
1803 New Hampshire Mill overlooking a waterfall. Obviously modernized since it’s now a residence, it’s still pretty amazing. OldHouseDreams.com
Oakwood in Cincinnati, is listed on the National Historic Register. It was constructed over five years from 1859 and is a castle smack dab in the midwest. OldHouses.com
And finally… Ghosts! Craigslist
This is beautiful Chez Neumansky 3.0 (read their blog for tales of Chez 1 and 2). Lovely, right? Well, they had a little bee problem.
Continue reading “You think you’ve got problems?”
I was browsing the web for slip shade chandeliers (I defy you to show me the bedroom or dining room that couldn’t benefit from that glow) when I stumbled on Vintage Lights.com. Like many antique lighting sites it has a lot of expensive and beautiful things, but it also has something a lot more interesting.
Continue reading “Catalogs of the past”
Matt Grocoff is a contributor to Old House Web and owner of a 110 year old Folk-Victorian house in Ann Arbor. His goal is to make it the oldest house in America to achieve net zero energy – meaning it produces as much or more energy than it uses.
Click below for a video walk-through.
Continue reading “Preservation the green way”
I never knew! Apartment Therapy brings to our attention this post about balustrade boot scrapers. I might never have noticed this subtle addition to the iron railings of outdoor stairs, but then again most of the buildings here on the west coast are newer than this and have benefitted from paved streets and sidewalks.
Check out the whole article at Curator of S**t.com …and don’t be scared off by the name!
This article came out earlier this year, but I would be remiss if I didn’t share it here.
Sandra Foster renovated and furnished this 9-by-14-foot hunting cabin herself at a cost of $3,000. It’s a great story of something beautiful coming out of frustration. And look at that porch! Those windows!
Read the New York Times article here and be sure to click on the slideshow.
Mike Doyle is a New York artist who has constructed an incredible run-down Victorian mansion made entirely of Lego blocks. This sculpture is as tall as I am and took approximately 130,000 Legos to build.
“Victorian on Mud Heap” (pictured above) is the third in Mike’s series of Victorians, and took him nearly 600 hours to build.
Check out Mike’s other houses here and here.
Hooked on Houses has a great examination of the 1908 “Murder House” that’s practically a character on the TV show American Horror Story. As you may have guessed from the title, the show and the link to it may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Click here for the full breakdown.
What’s your dream movie/TV house?
MAKE Magazine had a little feature on a great house with a hidden garage. Click through for a video of the transformation in action.
Continue reading “This house is secretly a Transformer”