Morning light in #ameliahillhouse
One of the beauties of living in an old house is getting to appreciate how much thought went into each aspect of construction.
These windows, that would have been part of the original kitchen, dining room, and hired men’s bedroom, get the strongest morning light.
There is a well placed window in our living room, the old kitchen, that maximizes afternoon light in winter.
So many things in the house have been reused and repurposed over the years:
🐄The wood from the old barn now lines the stairwell and 2nd floor
🕯A window removed from the parlor wall (now library) when the garage was built got relocated to the opposite side of the garage.
🧱Bricks from the old silo form the path to the mailbox.
These things weren’t less good or beautiful than those aspects of the house that have persisted over the last 144-ish years.
Coming to a natural end is to be expected, and our world shouldn’t stay stagnant. But sometimes we try to freeze it anyway - don’t we?
We resist change, learning, reaching out of our shells. It feels less scary to stay within the familiar boundaries of ourselves.
But change is necessary to become who we are meant to be TODAY. That doesn’t mean we were less yesterday - just different.
Hello there, my IG friends! It's time for another #52weeksofhome
photograph! This week we are looking at "House Portraits", and since I have already shown you pictures of the exterior I wanted to show you something different instead. The first picture is an illustration of what the house would have looked like back in the day when cars were still merely an idea in Henry Ford's head. This illustration is very similar to what the house loosk like today. The second picture is a portrait of the inhabitants of the house. For reference, they are sitting in the stairs where the horse's butt is 😁 Now, here is a dose of reality for you...you see that white, pristine, exterior color? Yeah...about that....that color was wonderful at a time when only horses were on the road. Nowadays and, being on Main St with the constant traffic of cars and 18 wheelers, the house is covered in soot from the exhausts. Because of this we had to make the painful but realistic decision to paint the house. Yes, I love it white. Historically, it has always been white, but I hate to see the white turn gray over and over, it's just impossible to maintain. Hopefully, if all goes as planned, come Spring/Summer she will get a facelift and a much needed fresh coat of paint in a color that will mask soot as much as possible so she can always look her best...
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Ringling Manor, currently listed at $800,000, was built in 1916 as a winter headquarters for Alfred T. Ringling, one of five brothers who founded America's most famous circus, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Located on Lake Swannanoa, which was renamed from Petersburg Pond after the Ringling brothers constructed two large dams, was once surrounded by 600 acres filled with stone outbuildings, where Ringling's animals and entertainers stayed during the cold winter months.
Ringling held lavish parties at the estate, decorating his home with equally lavish ornamentation, including large imported Italian fireplace mantles, shown above.
According to the article "The Alf T. Ringling Estate," written by Warren H. Wood in June 1967, the walnut-and-ebony-paneled fireplace mantles were purchased by Ringling for $10,000 in 1917. Figuring the cost of inflation, those mantles would cost $183,000 today.
After his untimely death in 1919, just three years after the estate was built, the property was sold off, bit by bit, until the home consisted of what is for sale today.
Wood's article indicates it cost Ringling $500,000 to build the mansion. With inflation, the $500,000 would cost $9.1 million today. The property was sold to the Catholic Church in 1967 and serving as a monastery for the St. Stanislaus Friary of the Polish Capuchin, has been lovingly cared for by Jerzy (George) Krzyskow. The home was initially built like an underground bunker and made of reinforced, heavy poured concrete, and was used as a bomb shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Smooth, rounded stones (purchased for $0.50 per wheelbarrow from neighboring farmers) were used to decorate the exterior of the mansion, and four large pillars bring character to the front of the home, which consists of 18 bedrooms.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the mansion also includes five full baths, three half-baths, a third-floor ballroom (now serving as a library), a chapel with a set of pews, and three fireplaces. An underground tunnel at least 30 feet long leads from the basement to the lake.
I woke up this morning with a hankering to paint some walls in my top floor white because I can't take photos of anything against them right now as they are a dirty off-white that makes every photo look dingy. That may seem like a weird reason to paint, but it's just #designerlife
. I'm going to pop into my garage to see what white I might already have since I'm not picky with this particular spontaneous project. A remodel up there is imminent (I hope), especially since I still have a plaster hole in my bedroom ceiling from when our roof was replaced #oldhouselife
. In the meantime, this lil dog half standing half lying in the window is the cuteness I'm starting my day with. Happy Saturday! Design/📷: @rebeccarowlandinteriors #rebrowinteriors