Monday, April 12, 2010

An Old Chippy Paint Victorian Farmhouse

Most may look upon this building and see a derelict teardown. I see charm and potential.

You’d have to win the lottery to afford to restore this home with its gorgeous mature catalpa tree. 
It's beyond a mortgage and insurance.    See how the left exterior wall torques?

But it would be worth it because of the original detail.

It moves me the way the Sistine Ceiling moves me.

I’d leave the blistering paint.
These pictures are from a Flickr group that takes
very inspirational photos of hauntingly beautiful Victorian architecture.
They leave me breathless.

Until next time, stay shabby!

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Claudia said...

Gorgeous. I love all the detail. We are lucky enough to have several Catalpa trees on our property and I love them.


A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Sandy...unbelievable detail. So lovely as is! It would be a dream to be able to restore one of these! Never stop dreaming!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

What beautiful details on that house! Exquisite!
It's a shame that it has been left to fall apart. Wouldn't it be something if someone was able to restore it???
Hopefully some of it might be salvaged.

Cabin and Cottage said...

These views leave me breathless too!

Bella said...

Hi Sandy... Breathtaking! All the detail of the portico.... haunting really does describe it well.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh Sandy,
It's beautiful... a lovely, romantic ghost from the past ~ speaks to me too. Going to look the Flickr group up when I get back this afternoon, thanks for the link.

glimpse of my world said...

This is beautiful... what state is this in? I would LOVE TO HAVE .. LOOKS LIKE AN OLD HOME PLACE.... tons of good stories there!

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Im dying here! I get goosebumps looking at old houses with this kind of detailing. Hopefully somone will see the loveliness and restore its beauty.
Thanks for sharing this with us.

Jan LaFollette said...

The architectual trim would be worth the price of the house. I always think I want to buy little, bitty houses......I don't want to live in it, just want to fix it up and collect them! Oh, obsessions!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I agree with you, the gingerbread fretwork is gorgeous on the house!!

Jackie said...

Reminds me of the House in Fried Green Tomatoes! Beautiful post!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh how I love vintage chippy peeling paint on architectural elements!! I just finished polishing my silver and did a wall grouping so hop over and peek at it when you get a chance~btw, your pic (sidebar from above) of that gorgeous chandy over the aqua round table is just breathtaking!!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Norma said...

It's awesome Sandy! But it'd give my brother-in-law, who is also my builder at the moment, an absolute heart attack! He wants to put a match to my little cottage but it's totally hale and hearty compared to this old girl!

BellaRosa said...

Sandy amor, hauntingly beautiful! I will go visit this flickr group :) Owning a 1916 home, lucky me gets to know first hand just how fun and expensive trying to restore...even not exact to the era can be, not to mention that it seems to be a never ending project :) Have a lovely week! Besos, Rose

Erin said...

This old chippity house is beautiful! We live in an old white 1890 farmhouse. We love it but unfortunately we don't have as much ornate detail as this old charmer does. Beautiful blog :)

sweetpea said...

That house makes my heart skip a beat. How could anyone ever let it get so lonely and un~loved. I just found your blog through Anne at Fiona and Twig blog and love it. Your little studio is so gorgeous. I have a studio very similar and you have inspired me to make it very special.



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Yes, very lovely! The details are wonderful.

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Mothra Sue said...

I so completely agree with you as to seeing charm and potential in these gorgeous old houses!!! I hope there are many many many more people out there like us who are saving these houses from outright destruction or cookie-cutterdom!


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