Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year from "Big Old Houses"

Old houses are markers of the changing world. I personally like big ones. Here's mine in 1910.

And here it is today, scoured of balustrades, pergola, awnings, flower boxes, fretwork, gravel paths, garden statuary (the original big stuff, that is), annual beds, and a whole lot of servants. Like myself, however, it is not without residual charm.

The house and I aren't bearing witness alone to the passage of time. She'll be 32 next week.

She's married to a stand-up guy (I'm relieved to note). (And that's me, not the SUG).

And has a baby of her own, my granddaughter, Lily.

Happy New Year, and thank you for reading my blog.


  1. Happy New Year to you as well, John. Your postings are like little mini vacations for me, I read each one and scour the photos with great pleasure. Thanks for keeping the site going! Cheers, Brendan

  2. Happy New Year to you too! Seeing a new post from you adds a bright moment to my day. Thank you for the time you spend on this blog. Cheers!

  3. The man with the Golden Key. Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing what architecture wonders you'll open in 2014.

  4. Happy new year to you as well -and looking forward to another year of blogging with you!

  5. Hi John;
    A very Happy New Year to you and your's!!
    Many Thanks for all you do, keeping your blog, I'll love seeing what you come up with each Thursday in 2014.

  6. John, I love your blog and wait with bated breath each week for a new revelation. I hope you have the opportunity to visit more big old houses out west, like you did in Pasadena a few months ago, like the Weyerhauser mansion in Tacoma WA for example. then there's the Hillsborough/San Mateo area in California....some fine old places there too!

    Jim Morgan
    Olympia, WA
    We don't have any here that are 'big' enough, I think.

  7. Happy New Year, John. I love your blog, and look forward to it in 2014.

  8. Thank you for the wonderful posts, photos and history. This is my Friday afternoon ritual!

  9. Best Wishes for the New Year to you, John ! A wonderful old post card view of your house. Is "Jackie", the Daheim cat, still with you ?

  10. I just discovered your site. The information presented and the quality of the photographs are truly impressive. I can't wait for future posts. Happy New Year to you and your family.