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The Robison Mansion in Canon City Colorado

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Today I am featuring this gorgeous Second Empire style mansion which is actually just down the road from where I live in Canon City, Colorado.

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This exquisite 1884 home is located down by the Arkansas River just off of Highway 50. It has been for sale at least twice since I have lived in Canon City and it finally sold, not to a private owner, but to a company which runs special events. That may sound like a less than desirable fate for a historic home but it has actually been a very positive thing both for the mansion and for the community.

image from: http://robisonmansion.com

The mansion is now impeccably well-kept and for the first time ever, members of the general public can rent out all or part of the mansion for special occasions such as weddings.

I had the hedonistic pleasure of touring the Robison Mansion last year around Christmastime when the company which now owns the property opened its doors to the public for a fundraising event in conjunction with a local non-profit.

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Meet me in Saint Louis – and pick the house you like best!

Today I’m featuring another 2-houses-for-sale-on-the-same-street comparison; this time in Saint Louis Missouri.

These homes are both gorgeous, both over 100 years old, AND they are actually RIGHT beside each other!

So let’s see which one will get your vote…

House #1

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Priced at: $539,000

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The George Lord Little House in Kennebunk, Maine

One thing that has always both intrigued and repelled me is the sheer verticality of my Gothic Revival house. Height in an old home is fascinating AND intimidating to me. Case in point: this 1875 Victorian in Kennebunk, Maine

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

The George Lord Little House, in the Summer Street Historic District, is an architectural masterpiece. It is intricately beautiful, but also, somewhat foreboding.

The home displays curved mansard roofs with iron cresting, rounded windows on the upper floors and an off-center tower.

– from: www.sothebysrealty.com

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I guess it’s fitting that this house was built at the height of the Victorian era because those Victorians were notoriously creepy, what with their hair art mementospost mortem photography, etc.

Despite its tall, attenuated appearance, the George Lord Little House is certainly no small hovel. It has over 6,000 square feet PLUS a large 3 bedroom carriage house.

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

The estate is currently listed for sale by Sotheby’s International Realty at $1,350,000.

This gracious home boasts plaster moldings, antique hardware and lighting and ruby red and etched glass accents.

– from: www.sothebysrealty.com

Built in The Second Empire Baroque style, this stately home features 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.

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Sarah Felix Burns

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