Historic homes

Richard Nixon’s Birthplace House

image from: National Park Service. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

image from: National Park Service. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Did you know that Richard Nixon’s birthplace – now the site of his presidential library and museum – was a 1912 kit home?

image from: www.waymarking.com

image from: www.waymarking.com

True story. Nixon’s father built the kit home from a nearby lumber yard on the family ranch in Yorba Linda, California in 1912-13. The house is now part of the grounds of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum but it still remains in its original location – which is really neat.

image from: www.houses.com

image from: www.houses.com

The house is now a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as an old house museum. The library sits on land the was formerly a citrus grove run by Nixon’s parents Frank & Hannah.

The other unique thing about this site is that Richard Nixon and his wife Pat are buried right next to his childhood home…

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image from: www.tripadvisor.in

image from: www.moneymatters101.com

image from: www.moneymatters101.com

Besides being the final resting place of Richard Millhouse Nixon, the “campus” where the home is located, is the site of his official presidential library and home to millions of Nixon era documents. But who wants to look at declassified Watergate papers when you can drool over this 1912 kit home?

Richard Nixon Birthplace house

Have a look inside the impeccably preserved house…

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

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

The home was inhabited by the Nixon family until 1922 when the citrus ranch became unprofitable, and the family made the tough decision to move to Whittier, California.

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

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

After the Nixons vacated the house, it went through a succession of owners. In 1948, the Yorba Linda School District purchased the house and used it as a residence for the custodian of a nearby school which later was named Richard Nixon Elementary School.

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

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

In 1959, the school board designated the house a historical site. It became part of the Richard Nixon Library and Presidential Museum in 1990.

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

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

I have read that 90% of the artifacts and furnishings in the house actually belonged to the Nixon family. Surviving family members donated the long cherished items like the washtub below…

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

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

This is the actual highchair that Richard Nixon was fed in as a baby:

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

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

Amazing!

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

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

This 900 square foot home has only 2 bedrooms, but it served as the home of the Nixon’s and their five boys for a decade.

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

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

The period stove is not original to this house, but all of the pots and pans belonged to the Nixon’s when they lived here.

Mavis from the cool blog One Hundred Dollars a Month took this photo of the kitchen – the only one of the kitchen sink I could find:

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

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

Mavis also took this photo of the room where the former president was actually born:

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

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

In fact, that is reportedly the actual bed Richard Nixon was born in!

Image from: http://www.ocregister.com/

Image from: http://www.ocregister.com/

Upstairs in the attic bedroom we can see where a young Richard and his brothers slept:

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

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

Yeah so he flubbed as a president…. ancient history now. But I sure do love the house where Richard Nixon was born!

image from: blogs.ocmetro.com

image from: blogs.ocmetro.com

And what a privilege it would be to be buried in the garden next to your lovingly maintained childhood home. Is that creepy? Nah. Not for us house lovers.

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthplace_of_Richard_Nixon

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/nixon-358589-linda-yorba.html

http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/richard-nixon-presidential-library-and-museum-yorba-linda-california/

http://www.nixonlibrary.gov/themuseum/thebirthplace.php

The Oldest House in Harlem

image from: Fade of the Day: http://www.whatwasthere.com/b/71778

image from: Fade of the Day: http://www.whatwasthere.com/b/71778

I recently spotted the above picture on my Facebook feed. The 1930’s photo of an 1864 house was posted by What Was There with the caption: “The Oldest Residential House in Harlem“. It piqued my curiosity so I did some Google sleuthing and found that the house is not only still standing – it is for sale!

Here’s what it looks like today:

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The Haunted Lemp Family Mansion

image from: www.ksdk.com

image from: www.ksdk.com

I got a reader request to do a post on this historic home in St. Louis, Missouri. It has the morbid reputation of being the site of not one, not two, but THREE suicides of Lemp family members. And one mysterious death.

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

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

Wow. House Crazy Sarah needs to take a Valium because this house has my heart going pitter-patter in a very good way.

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

It would take a special house to make me leave Colorado, but this might be the one! Full of character and personal pizzazz, this purple dollhouse is located in the Mount Tabor section of Parsippany, New Jersey.

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Cynthia Rhodes & Richard Marx’s house for sale

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

Normally I don’t cover celebrity homes (there are a lot of other house bloggers out there who do that) but I thought I’d make an exception for this one.

When I heard last April that singer Richard Marx and his long-time wife actor/dancer Cynthia Rhodes were divorcing, I was shocked and intrigued.

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