Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Little Lessons in Architecture: Our Neighborhood

I've gone on and on about our Behemoth and how wonderful it is to live in the neighborhood that we do but I thought it would be fun to take you on a little walk around our neighborhood.

All of the buildings on our block were built between 1890 & 1920, some are single family homes, some are apartments & some are municipal buildings. But enough with that, let's take a tour.

Walk out our front door and turn north, there you'll find a Spanish influenced house that is one of my favorites in our town. It's full of stained glass & has gorgeous Spanish tile, a single lady lives here & keeps a gorgeous garden in the back.
This photo is doing the house no justice, the house is really nice in real life, promise.

Next to our neighbor's house is the Masonic Temple, built in 1920 the building features a game room, main lounge & meeting room.

Cross the street and greet our town's original high school, built in the 1920s it served as the high school for 15 years before being turned into the middle school. In the 1980s the building was given to the city and it is currently used as a city office building.

Directly south of the old high school are our across the street neighbors. This couple that owns this house have had it for 40 years. They purchased soon after they got married and have raised their children in this house.

Continue heading south and you'll reach this Victorian that used to be an office building (my mom got her wisdom teeth pulled by a dentist that used to work here!) and is currently an apartment.

Next door you'll find another Victorian that's a single family home. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this house is that the owners decided to put a metal roof on the house, totally changing the aesthetic but guaranteeing a long lasting roof.

The next Victorian is a the only home on our block on the National Historic Registry. Formerly a bed & breakfast the "Blackberry Inn" now sits empty. I can't tell you how badly Jus wants to get his hands on this beauty.

The Victorian on the corner is also vacant. We haven't gotten to walk through the house but apparently it is full of goodies like fireplaces, hardwoods & gorgeous chandeliers.

Cross the street and you'll find a beautiful Greek Revival. Oval lead glass surrounds the doors and inside a gorgeous dark wood banister. This house is currently an apartment building but I would love to see it as an upscale condo building.

Next door is a Victorian that's a single family home. Not too special from the outside the inside boasts built ins and arched doorways.

And next to that you'll find the Behemoth. (Have I confused you enough? Promise we just went in a rectangle)

And that, my friends, is our neighborhood. What's yours like?

21 comments:

Layla said...

Holy cow, what an awesome neighborhood! I am particularly in love with the Greek revival. You are so lucky to see such beauty every day!

Molly said...

I live in the historic district of GR in a house built in 1890 and my neighborhood looks very similar to this. I am madly in love with Victorian architecture. These homes are gorgeous!

Hannah said...

This is such an AMAZING neighborhood. I can't wait til y'all are done with yours so it can be just as pretty as the rest. Love it.

ErinMSW said...

Love the neighborhood tour! The homes are so beautiful! What a great idea. Mine would be totally boring. Our neighborhood was built by "gypsies" in the 1940s and every house on the block looks pretty much the same, architecturally.

Owlie said...

what great buildings! so much charm and so much history, i love that!

Scientific Housewife said...

Your neighborhood is gorgeous! I love all the Victorian's and how old-school it is :)

Amanda said...

in my city i would need at least $600,000 to get in a house like any of those...i wish i lived in your neighborhood!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

We live across the street from a college campus. So on one side is all single family dwellings for the most part and the other side is college dorms.

Becca said...

Such a good post idea! I love your neighborhood...so sad that those awesome victorians are vacant! Our building is surrounded by amazing historical churches and museums...maybe I'll take picures once it's nicer out!

Deidre said...

What an amazing street you live on! Gorgeous! :)

Laura said...

I've been meaning to do a post like this! We live in a similar area - All kinds of different houses/types of housing built around the same time. I love seeing your neighborhood!

Lindsay said...

wow what an amazing neighborhood you live in!

Kate said...

what a fantastic post. also, i'm moving into that empty victorian ok? GORGEOUS!

Heidi said...

Thank you for the walk down memory lane of my hometown. I remember each of those houses all too well, though they begin to look stranger and stranger the longer I get used to my Baltimore neighborhood of old row houses...

Ashley said...

Ooooh I love walking through historic neighborhoods. All of these homes are so BEAUTIFUL! I really like the vacant Victorian....when can I move in? ;)

Autumn said...

You are lucky to have found such a good home to fix up in such a nice neighborhood! Usually it's bad neighborhood...good fix up :)

Banan said...

So I think it's official I need the Victorian on the corner how perfect we can be neighbors!!!

Sandy a la Mode said...

wow! i LOVE how the houses are soo different and they each have their own charm! it's so much better than the new cookie cutter houses that are popping up in new development!

Lauryn said...

These houses are making me drool! I've always wanted an old Victorian home in a quaint little downtown area...

shelbylately.com said...

Ohmygoodness, what an adorable neighborhood!! Super quaint.

Stef_Wade said...

Great shots of the neighborhood! I'm so jealous! Do you have any info for people whom I may contact to see which houses the city plans to sell?