Historic colors can be contentious. One of the biggest misnomers about historic preservation regulation is that homeowners will be restricted in paint color. While this is true in some places via local ordinances, it is not true for National Register properties or many local historic districts (including those in Marblehead, MA, and Oak Park, IL).… Read More Early American Houses: Why so Dark?
A trip to Cape Cod is a trip into lighthouse history. Lighthouses span the coasts (and can even be found in the Midwest) but until rotating lenses were introduced, there was no way to really know which light house you were seeing from the water. The rotating lenses are what allows lighthouses to develop a unique… Read More Shining the Light on Lighthouses
Edgartown, MA, sits on the eastern coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Its clustered houses all look toward the water and in the center of town you can catch the Chappy Ferry—a “three-car, three-minute” ferry to Chappaquiddick Island. Where Oak Bluff’s is Queen Anne style and colorful (more on that in this post), Edgartown is whitewashed and… Read More Edgartown, MA, and the Blue Porch Ceiling
When I visited Newport a few weeks ago, our main goals were to (1) go sailing and (2) walk the Cliff Walk. What we didn’t know was how many great things we’d find in between! We ended up making an impromptu stop at the Breakers because we wanted to see the view from their back… Read More Ceilings of the Gilded Age
Last week I posted about the beautiful Newport Cliff Walk. It turns out that’s actually not the only place you can traipse through the backyards of beautiful houses to walk along an ocean bluff. There’s another such walk and it’s on the island of Nantucket. If you head to Nantucket’s easternmost edge and the town… Read More Best Cliff Walks Part 2: ‘Sconset, Nantucket
I visited Martha’s Vineyard primarily for the beaches and the boats (I’ve been hooked on ferries since living in Seattle–hello Whidbey and Orcas Island!) but I was amazed by the architecture. Sure, there are extravagant houses. This is Martha’s Vineyard, after all, vacation place of presidents. But what I’m talking about are the cottages of… Read More Martha’s Vineyard Camp Turned Dreamy Cottage Community
Nantucket, the beautiful and wind-weathered island 30 miles south of Cape Cod, was a surprising center of activity in the 18th and 19th centuries. With fortunes made from whaling and a progressive mindset, Nantucketers weren’t just part of 18th- and 19th-century American society but leaders of it (Phebe Coffin Hanaford, for one, was the first… Read More Roofwalks: A View of Nantucket History
There are several things that are iconic to Vermont. Among them: maple syrup, fall foliage, and, of course, covered bridges. Covered bridges were once entirely utilitarian but are now perhaps most valued for their scenic qualities and history. Vermont has over 100 covered bridges–that’s more covered bridges per square mile than any other state. Covered bridges became popular in… Read More Covered Bridges