Monday, June 3, 2013

The Genealogy of a House

"If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday."  ~ Pearl Buck

I was raised in Cincinnati.  It is a lovely city and a great place to raise children.  However, the one thing that has always bothered me is their haste to plow a structure down simply because it is old.  Moving to Boston in my mid-20's taught me to respect and admire the history of architecture.  There they will construct an entire street to go around one building because of it's historical significance.  I love that.  Since then, I have visited many cities that hold architecture in high regard.

While visiting amazing cities such as New Orleans, you begin to understand the pride devoted to the skilled hands of past.  Their homes are treated with great attention and preserved to carry on their beauty and craftsmanship.  

I was taken with this little beauty, in particular.  I was dying to go inside and see all the beautiful woodwork.  This house has been around for many years and could tell many a story.  It is a survivor of time. It was constructed with the highest of quality and skill.  Instead of tearing it (and the memories of those who lived there) down, they are having the facade painstakingly restored so it will be here for generations to come.  

Recently I heard an interview with Maya Angelou.  She was speaking of always being our best selves because we owe that to those who came before us.  She said, "I come as one but stand here with one thousand."  referencing her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who had made the life she has possible.  Isn't that beautiful?  We are all connected to our ancestors and the struggles/achievements they experienced. I felt moved by her words, these homes and all the families of the past that lived there.  These homes are the stoic protectors of their tears, laughter, sadness and joy.  For that, they deserve to be respected and revered.

Have the best week ever!


  1. That first pic looks like "The House on First Street" that The Visual Vamp blogged about recently... Check it out!

    I'm with you on old architecture... I hated the McMansions that were so popular in Dallas. From an architectural standpoint, you would love Coral Gables. We have some truly amazing historic homes here.

    The Glam Pad

    1. I will definitely check out that post.

      I looked up some of the homes in Coral Gables. So beautiful! I have not been but need to add it to my list.


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