Historic homes

Ireland’s grandest house: Russborough

photo courtesy of RB

photo courtesy of RB

A friend of mine recently visited Ireland and toured the famed Russborough House in County Wicklow, Ireland. He graciously allowed me to use some of the photos he took of this grand estate.

Said to be an excellent example of Palladian architecture, Russborough was built between 1741 and 1755. The home was designed by Richard Casseks for the 1st Earl of Milltown, Joseph Leeson. This was right around the time that my peasant, potato-farming ancestors were being kicked out of Ireland and banished to the New World. But it’s all good now.

photo courtesy of RB

photo courtesy of RB

Russborough House is not only one of the grandest estates in Ireland, it is also said to be the longest – as visible in this Wikipedia photo below:

image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/

image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/

The frontage of the building measures in at 210 m (700 ft)!

Russborough House has an interesting history – as I will touch on in a minute. But first,  have a look at some of the aesthetic features.

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A creepy house named Verulam – for sale for the first time since 1924!

image from: http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-paddington

image from: http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-paddington

Some say it resembles the Addams Family home.

Some say it is haunted.

It does give one pause, doesn’t it?

image from: http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-paddington

image from: http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-nsw-paddington

Talk about being frozen in time. This 19th century relic sits across from a modern sports stadium in the Paddington neighborhood of Sydney, Australia but it remains essentially untouched by the modern world.

A dame named Aunty Toots – a daughter of the original owner – lived in this very home for the past 90 years.

90 years folks!

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Alexandria Virginia oldies

Alexandria Virginia cottage
Reader Jim D. of Virginia is a fellow house peeper who sent me some of his house photos in and around Alexandria, VA.

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For the love of an old farmhouse

image from: zillow.com

I cannot resist the urge to share these photos of a positively lovely old farmhouse. I tried and tried to get permission from the realtor/homeowner to use pictures of this house but never did get a reply.

I was so charmed, however, by this quaint property in rural upstate New York, that I said ‘what the heck’ – I’ll do a post on it anyway!

House Crazy Sarah never learns her lesson (when it comes to copyright violation) but, love is love and I’m in love with this darling house.

Have a look….

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The Secret Annex of The Anne Frank House

image from: www.annefrank.org

image from: www.annefrank.org

The world learned about a German Jewish girl named Anne Frank through her own candid words preserved in a personal diary that miraculously survived the Holocaust.

image from: prashantb.wordpress.com

image from: prashantb.wordpress.com

Sadly, Anne did not survive.

But her words have lived on for generations, as has the very house where she and her Jewish family hid for 2 years before being found by the Nazis.

image from: www.tripadvisor.com

image from: www.tripadvisor.com

The house is located on the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The front part of the building is now a memorial museum for Anne and the victims; and the back secret annex – where they hid – has been preserved as it was during World War II.

image from: http://thereandbackagaintravel.com Photographer Cris Toala Olivares. 2010

image from: http://thereandbackagaintravel.com Photographer Cris Toala Olivares. 2010

Opened as a public museum on May 3, 1960, the building and annex have been restored with period artifacts. Millions of people have now toured the site to pay tribute to Anne, her family and four other Jewish people who eventually perished in Nazi concentration camps after their hiding spot was betrayed.

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

The house and the twin house next door, were built by Dirk van Delft in the year 1635. The building was originally a private residence, then a warehouse, then a manufacturing company for household appliances, and in the 1930’s it was used as a production place for piano rolls. In December of 1940, Anne’s father Otto Frank moved the offices of the spice company he worked for into the building known as Prinsengracht 263.

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