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One of the Last Homes Standing in Nook Farm

Deb Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, House History, Quotes & Inspiration, Thursday Doors 10 Comments

A man builds a house in England with the expectation of living in it and leaving it to his children; we shed our houses in America as easily as a snail does his shell – Harriet Beecher Stowe This is the Charles Boardman Smith house, c. 1875, which stands proudly in spite of its downtrodden appearance. It is one of …

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Tourist in My Own State: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation, Tourist In My Own State 12 Comments

Let me begin by saying I apologize. I apologize to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, a recently designated National Historic Landmark, for the fact that I did not visit their wonderful museum and cultural resource during the first 46 years of my life, all of which I have lived in Connecticut and most of which I have lived less than fifteen minutes …

Gothic Cottage, Oak Bluffs, MA

The Word on Wednesday: Carpenter Gothic

Deb Architecture, Historic Doors, Historic Preservation 2 Comments

The Carpenter Gothic architectural style is hands down my favorite type of Victorian architecture. It is commonly found in rural areas of the U.S. and is a distinctly American style, although originating centuries before from the great Gothic cathedrals of medieval Europe. It was revived in America first in churches primarily made from stone but later as humble homes made of wood (thus …