Monthly Archives: May 2012

A lesson in Co-existing: The Do Ho Suh Bridging Home

This will be my second uninhabitable house post of the day, but I couldn’t resist. This amazing (non-livable) house is not only a work of art, but an extraordinary statement about co-existing on our crowded, diverse planet.

image from: http://www.designboom.com

Built in 2010 by architect/artist Do Ho Suh, this mixed-media installation has a steel and wood frame and is finished with marine plywood. It is located between two existing buildings in Liverpool, England. It was recently featured on the website designboom.com.

image from: http://www.designboom.com

I love this little place, not just for it’s precarious position and miniature design, but also for the social tension it vividly portrays… if anyone needs a little help with that, the artists have spelled it out on the building next door:

image from: http://www.designboom.com

Enough said.

Peace!

 

Mountain homes & other long weekend finds

This past Memorial Day weekend we drove up to the Bailey and Evergreen, Colorado area on a reconnaissance house hunting mission.

photo credit: Noe Felix Burns

We didn’t really find anything that was suitable for us in our price range, but we there were a couple of possibilities that might work in a pinch.

Bailey/Pine/Evergreen are some of our target areas for our next house since it is much closer to Denver than where we are now and Lupe’s company is based out of Denver.

We did see some neat sights – and luckily, I had my camera with me this time.

Have a look…

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

Above, you see an old round barn with a cupola that is located in the Burland Ranchettes subdivision near Bailey, Colorado. I thought this would make an excellent conversion into a house!

Below is a neat cabin that caught our eye, but I cannot, for the life of me remember where we were when I took this picture (Evergreen or Bailey? or somewhere in between?)

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

Then there was this very cute hillside cottage that I KNOW was located off of Mountain Park Road in Evergreen:

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

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Colorful house on the Venice canal

(Venice, California, that is.)

image from: http://www.latimes.com/features/home/

Most of the homes in Venice, California are small, historic, light and neutral colored cottages (like the one I featured a few months ago here). But not Nely Galan’s house.

image from: http://www.latimes.com/features/home/

Nely Galan’s house is a modern power-packed PUNCH of color.

Recently featured in the L.A. Times, this house was inspired by the colorful homes of Cuba, Greece and Italy.

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1835 Creole Cottage in Natchitoches, Louisiana

If you’ve seen the movie, Steel Magnolias then you have seen Natchitoches, Louisiana. “Chinquapin Parish” was the fictional name of the town in the movie, but it was filmed on location in the charming real-life southern town of Natchitoches.

image from: wikipedia.com

Natchitoches [pronounced nak-ee-tash] is a very old town in the historic French region of Louisiana. Established in 1714, Natchitoches is home to many stunning historic homes and commercial buildings.

One such building is an 1835 Creole cottage that was saved from destruction in 2003 by the local Historical Foundation.

image from: http://www.oldhouses.com

Currently for sale at $245,500, this meticulous cottage has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

this classic structure is considered to be among Natchitoches’s more important examples of the Classic Creole Cottage because of its overtones of Greek Revival details …  The house has 11-12′ ceilings, beautiful molding and six working fireplaces, all with period mantels.  Heart Pine floors in four of the first floor rooms and both upstairs bedrooms are original.  Window glass in all windows and doors in the main first floor rooms are also Circa 1835.

from: www.oldhouses.com

image from: www.oldhouses.com

The bulk of the back of the home appears to be a newer addition.

Have a look inside…

image from: www.oldhouses.com

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The Charles Lindbergh house in Hopewell New Jersey

image from: http://mrsmonj.blogspot.com

When I featured a post about a country home in New Jersey a couple weeks ago and mentioned that it was near Charles Lindbergh’s former house, a lot of people showed particular interest in the Lindbergh house so I thought I would devote an entire post to the storied home.

The house is famous for being the site of the 1932 kidnapping of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh’s and Anna Morrow Lindbergh’s 20 month old son, Charles Junior.

image from: http://listverse.com

Baby Charles was taken from his nursery on the second floor – presumably through the window and down a rickety ladder which was left behind at the site.

image from: www.nyt.com

The toddler was missing for 2 months, then tragically, in May of 1932 his battered, decomposing body was found in a ditch only a couple of miles from the Lindbergh home. You can read more on the kidnapping and subsequent events here.

image from: http://www.northjersey.com

I have read a couple of books on the kidnapping because it is such a tragic, intriguing and - many would argue – possibly unsolved case.  A German-born carpenter (Bruno Richard Hauptmann) was tried and convicted of the kidnapping and murder of Charles Jr. and executed in 1936.

However, there are many competing theories that persist to this day; one being that Hauptmann was merely an innocent scapegoat or a peripheral figure in the crime that some other person committed. Some investigators and historians even go so far as to say that Charles Lindbergh himself was responsible for the death of his first-born son. According to many historical accounts, Charles Lindbergh was one weird bird.

image from: http://www.aviation-history.com

In any case, my heart feels heavy for the little boy who was lost, but he is in a better place now… so the house where the kidnapping took place holds the most fascination for me.

http://www.lindberghkidnappinghoax.com

Located in the once rural area of East Amwell, New Jersey, near the town of Hopewell, the sprawling two-story French-country style home was newly built in 1932 when the kidnapping occurred. The house was situated on 700 acres of wooded land and cleared fields. Charles Lindbergh wanted a place that was far from the public eye, very private and had enough cleared property for an airplane landing strip.

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

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