Why none other than a historic state of Colorado prostitution license!
No, it’s not an original – these are just copies - but I loved the way the prostitution license was put together with a Victorian Boudoir photograph and a copy of a $5 silver certificate.
The license was issued March 10, 1891 for a Ms. Laura Belle…
I love finding unusual historic things for my walls – especially with a local connection. It’s part of my ‘keeping it real’ approach to decorating.
My 1870′s brick Gothic Revival is rare in this part of the country [Colorado]. You just don’t see the Gothic Revival style very often out west; it was more prevalent in the 1800′s in places like eastern Canada and the northeastern United States.
Southern Ontario, in particular, has an impressive collection of brick and stone Gothic Revival homes.
Anyway, during my travels around the Internet, I have come across some homes that have instantly jumped out at me because they remind me of my own dear house.
Have a look…
This cut stone Gothic vernacular farmhouse (above) located near Halton, Ontario has the hallmark central dormer gable with window and gingerbread detail.
I have no idea where this blue house (above) is located but the 1.5 story floor-plan is very similar to my house. It has wood siding and less adornment but still reminiscent of the Gothic Revival style due to the central dormer peak and steep roof-lines.
The house below was actually designed as a carriage house but it exemplifies the carpenter Gothic style with its board-and-batten siding. It is located at “Springside” - an historic estate in Poughkeepsie, New York.
This adorable yellow farmhouse (above) is located in Beaverton, Oregon and was built in 1859. Rather than a window in the central dormer gable, it has a door which opens to a balcony!
A red brick beauty located in Oakville, Ontario (above).