Monthly Archives: December 2011

Unreal Estate

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! The Austin Mansion … Continue reading

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You think you’ve got problems?

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.

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Your retro photo snack

Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1908 Click through to Shorpy for the full hi-res image.

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Catalogs of the past

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 Like many antique lighting sites it has a … Continue reading

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Preservation the green way

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 … Continue reading

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Lovely functionality

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 … Continue reading

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Tiny cottage in the Catskills

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 … Continue reading

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Master in miniature

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 … Continue reading

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American Horror Story

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 … Continue reading

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This house is secretly a Transformer

MAKE Magazine had a little feature on a great house with a hidden garage. Click through for a video of the transformation in action.

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Pretty gingerbread, original source unknown


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