Thursday, August 6, 2009

This Old House Thursday: Western Avenue beauty

The lines of this house
strike just the right balance between interest and contentment, don't they?

Thank you Malyss of the beautiful Chronicles From the Shore
for bestowing an "I Love Your Blog" Award on the very shy but delighted Brattcat.

22 comments:

JM said...

Wonderful architecture, fantastic old house!

Brattcat, thank you so much for your congratulations!

Jacob said...

That is a huge house...I had to embiggen your photo to see it rightly. But beautiful. I love old houses like this...

What do you call the thingy on top? A dormer? A mini-third-floor?

Oh, and you deserve the award! Enjoy and congrats, and have a wonderful day!

Vogon Poet said...

Everything is beautiful in this house and give us a sense of harmony. My favorite 'piece' is the roof with the red brick chimney, lone patch of color in a an elegant B&W house.
Congratulations for the award just received and thanks to Malyss who just thought of you.

brattcat said...

Thanks, JM, Jacob, and VP. Jacob, the thingy on top...I guess you could call it a top-of-the-house thingy, or a four-windowed internal tower...or you might actually call it a cupola, which, although it is not domed, is still, I think, the correct architectural term.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I know this house and it is a treasure!

Jacob said...

Okay, Brattcat. A cupola it is! Wonder what it contains?

Clueless in Boston said...

That's a great old house. Love the gambrel roof.

Elenka said...

Back to your fridge...you are using 'glass' storage containers instead of plastic, aren't you? Where did you get those? And do they 'stack' for storage?
Smart move.

laughingwolf said...

grats on the award, bratt! :)

a lovely bit of architecture, indeed

Malyss said...

This house is a jewel! old fashioned, full of charm, plenty of rooms and corners to explore..."the third floor" would be called in french a" vigie", which could be translated as "look-out",a higher room to watch around..and THE room we all would like to visit, of course!!Ü

Rob said...

Now this is a house! Comes very very close to my idea of a dream house! Maybe I really should move to the US of A!

Rambling Round said...

I like the overhang things over the upstairs windows.

tapirgal said...

I loved your comment, "The lines of this house strike just the right balance between interest and contentment." They certainly do. I had never thought of it like that, but big, old, white houses have always made me feel grounded and centered. I've never lived in one, but I still dream of it! The detail here is outstanding, too.

Abraham Lincoln said...

That is one very nice house. I can just see me on the front porch drinking coffee.

Saretta said...

I love the little bit on the top. Looks like a widow's peak, but there's no sea in Brattleboro! Congrats. on your award!

Elenka said...

For Bratcat's eyes only: Your daughter is so smart. She's right, you know. Yeah, next time you talk to her and if you remember, find out where she got the glass containers.
Thank you soooo much!

Elenka said...

Hi, again. Thanks for the info on the glass containers. Yeah, the hardware store is still there. Maine Hardware. We do have a Target now, tho.
I use all the yogurt cups for water containers in my art room. The kids get a kick out of the fact that they are all coffee yogurt!
I still miss the plastic covers. I used to use them in my art room, too. When the kids needed to make. let's say , a large amount of green tempera paint, I used the cups and we used to COVER them with the Dannon covers that came with the yogurt.
Those were the days.
Thanks again.

Glennis said...

Interesting old house, I wonder what the tiny top floor was used for - maybe as air conditioning way back then - air flow?
Great architecture.

MaCoBra said...

Nice house and interesting architeture. The first owners must have been delighted to order something like that to be build.

MaCoBra said...

The window shutters are real, not plastics! I have seen a lot of plastic window shutters in America. I thought that was really... strange.

Julie said...

Gorgeously elaborate, yes? I thought to comment that we don't do "elaborate" here in Oz. But we do ... of sorts.

This. to me (and what would I know), is quintessential USofA house design. Of an era, yes. Of an era. When would you guess that to be?

We have a style in Sydney that is cherished - and protected, I think. It is called "Federation style". I will try to get some shots over the w/e and show you next week. It is not detailed like yours ... well detailed but different.

Shut up, Julie. Just take some shots and show her.

slim said...

I love "this old house". If I lived in Brattcat-land, I would drive or walk by Western Ave. as often as I could just to feast my eyes upon this house and its symmetry. The trim around the second floor windows is so beautiful in this well cared for mansard . . . and of course the porch is so welcoming.