Dedicated to Historic preservation and restoration of the Victorian Era and my own spin on why things are the way they are. Paul Willham, Editor & Publisher
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Capturing that elusive "old house feel".
Old houses have personality. They can exude warmth with that certain 'aloofness' that makes them 'quirky'. There are times when, in just that right light, you can forget the complexities of modern day life and feel transported back in time.
Our Indianapolis house, affectionately known as "The Willows" for the several Willow trees on the lot, started out life in 1896 as a shingled style Victorian cottage and had a major remodel in 1915 to the Craftsman style. By the time we got it all sense of style, and every piece of original woodwork, had been stripped from the interior in 2001 by misguided HGTV inspired remuddlers.
We elected to restore to the 1915 period due to the exterior work that had been done but created an ambiance where Victorian antiques were still at home. Warmth is imparted by the use of amber tinted lights which will give one the feel of gas lighting color without the danger. NO CFL's here!
Most of our antiques will transport seemlessly to the Nagele-Merz House and I already can see in my minds eye where every one will be placed. As we get closer to that, I can't wait!.
I have been involved in Historic Preservation and Restoration for the last 25 plus years. I am president of Victorian Antiquities & Design. I am proud to be a part of restoring the architectural history of our country.