Why we like old houses so much......7/8/2015
I read this from a handout at a recent meeting in Price Hill and thought it summed it up quite nicely.
"Recently, while reading a back issue of a favorite magazine, the following quote caused me to attempt to answer a question I often ask myself.
'Why is it that we like old houses so? Most have cracked plaster and a shortage of electrical outlets; more often than not they're chilly in the winter, their floors squeak, and their kitchens are primitive by today's standards... they're also frequently out of plumb, unlevel and out of square."
I could come up with many more points to add to this list. But upon arriving home one cold night, I was reminded of the many more reason why I do love this old house of mine. The lights sparkle a warm welcome through the leaded glass and upon entering I am greeted with a warmth I have never experienced when entering a newer home. It is like the hug of an old friend.
In truth, our home has become more to us than a dwelling. It has become part of our family, part of our history, the history we share with the others who have called it home over it's 85 years.
Many Christmas morning I have watched my children descend our stairs with the warm orange glow of the sun through the stainted glass window shining on their smiling faces. During these times I have ofter thought of the joyous faces of the other children who have come before them. I even feel this special kinship with the craftman who left the Barbarosa Beer label within our walls. Though he may be gone, he lives on with us through his special treasure that we uncovered.
What a great feeling of pride and accomplishment we have felt upon the completion of each room. Though it may have taken many weeks or even months of hard work, it is such a joy to see everything come together and a room come back to life.
No matter how many old homes I see, each is such an original. I have never see the same turn of a spindle, design in a mantle, or pattern of stained glass. This is something we usually cannot say of today's houses.
When we first began our renovation 15 years ago, an acquaintance 30 years my senior came to see the rooms we had completed. I often think of something she told me, which I thought was odd at the time. "I feel every house has a spirit," she said, "and I feel the spirit in your home is very happy with what you are doing." I now know exactly what she meant.
I'm sure the list of problems will continue to grow as our house contines to age, but this special spirit, this kinship with the past, this pride in our accomplishments, this unique beauty, this warm hug from an old friend makes it all worthwhile. These special things are something a new homeowner will never have the privilege to experience.
Katherine Ferrris Brown
Suire Ave Resident (Price Hill)