Historic homes

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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Purple dreamin’ in Parsippany

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.

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

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

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

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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Once Upon a Michigan Lake Front…

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

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

….there was this beautiful fairy tale Victorian shingle home.

And it was for sale!

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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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Sarah Felix Burns

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