This sweetheart of a cottage is for sale in Louisa, Virginia.
It was built in the year 1860.
My first impression was that this house was built in the carpenter (or folk) Gothic Revival style but the listing agent describes it as an “antebellum board & batten home, built from an Andrew Jackson Downing cottage design.”
And to back this claim up, in the listing photos the agent included a drawing of the cottage design from Andrew Jackson Downing’s 1842 publication A Domestic Revolution: Cottage Residences :
Yep, this particular home is definitely an Andrew Jackson Downing design, but he was famous for Gothic Revival cottages, so I’m wondering where the “antebellum” comes in.
Antebellum simply means pre-war, as in, before the American Civil War. But when applied to architecture, antebellum refers to a style characterized by neoclassical and Greek revival style plantation houses and mansions – not gingerbread board and batten cottages!
Perhaps I am over thinking this whole thing. I’ve read that everything old in the south is referred to as “antebellum”.
So let us just enjoy looking at this lovely pre-war folk Gothic cottage, shall we…
This old place has whispers of Cape Cod charm and the ghosts of movie stars past.
It’s a little rough around the edges – as time and weather have taken their toll; but lovely nonetheless and in vintage condition.
Here’s the movie star connection: Hollywood golden age heart-throb Gregory Peck reportedly got engaged here in 1942!
Take a look at this 1946 photo of Peck revisiting the cottage where he was engaged to Finnish-born wife Greta Kukkonen :
Here’s a current photo that shows that same staircase – very much as it appeared in 1946:
Isn’t that fantastic?
Who says Dallas, Texas is just a big metro-blob of urban sprawl with no character or history?
This delightful storybook home was built in the 1930′s by famed local architect Charles Dilbeck.
Finished in 1934, this cottage was one of about 350 homes constructed by Dilbeck in the Dallas area.
In fact, it sits on a corner of 4 other Dilbeck designed houses at the intersection of Shenandoah Street and Douglas Avenue. Locals call them “the four sisters”.
The turret and balcony of this home are signature Charles Dilbeck features, although his designs varied widely so it was difficult to categorize him in one particular box.
The listing photography is so impeccable, I keep questioning whether this is in fact a vintage home!
Have a look inside…
This distinctive storybook cottage is located in Chico, California. The defining feature is the ridiculously slanted roof which is known as a “cat slide roof” – because even a cat would slide down it!
Built in 1926, this charming home is currently listed for sale at $469,000.
Have a look inside while I fill you in on the back story…
And it’s just down the street from my house in Colorado!
And it is listed for only $95,000!!
(Can you tell I’m amped up about this??)
It’s one of those houses that I’ve always loved, ever since I first moved to Canon City. Built in a Santa Fe/Territorial style, this vintage home is the real deal – not some new-build imitation.
The hacienda has been well cared for over the decades. It also sits on a really intriguing corner lot with a backyard courtyard that butts up against a mini canal. The setting is just magical.
But before I show you the courtyard, have a look inside…