June 12, 2014

“I Dreamt I Dwelled in Marble Halls…”

If you remember, that’s the title of a song by the Irish singer, Enya, and it certainly describes what I’ve been dreaming about recently with all of these house posts. I am a member of two Facebook groups – one on each side of the Atlantic. In the States, it’s Mansions of the Gilded Age, and in the UK, it’s Architectural Gems. It’s such fun to see the difference between the two groups.

First, let’s look at some of the Gilded Age mansions.

Swan House in Atlanta, GAimage

"Melcombe" in Louisville, Kentucky now for sale for $3,355,000mansion

Blairsden in Peapack, New Jerseyimage

Nathan Moore House, Oak Park, IL Check out the architect!image

William Boyce House, Chicago, ILimage

Dorothy Quincy Homestead, Massachusettsimage

Clearly, I am going to have to submit some of Baltimore’s beautiful gilded age homes!

Next, we hop across the Atlantic to see what Architectural Gems we can find.

Moccas, Hereford, Herefordshireimage

Back Lane, Preesall, Lancashireimage

Ufford Hall, Stamfordimage

Kingston Lisle, Oxfordshireimage

Rainethorpe, Norwichimage

And one from Wales, Llanerchydol, Powys image

This group also puts together the flip side of Architectural Gems, the Architectural Crimes!image

Wonder who thought it was a good idea to glom on a cinema to a period building?image

Glass doors installed over the original 13th century wood ones, so as you open the wood doors, the glass doors smack you in the back. image

Hard to know what to say about this. image

Regardless, I am still dreaming of Marble Halls.

15 comments:

  1. My biggest architectural pet peeve is the last house shown. In some areas in London unfortunately it is all the rage...

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    1. OMG, and in all of the Cardiff suburbs. It looks KLASSY!

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  2. Oh, that last one reminds me of the houses here on Long Island... shoddy houses with these enormous cement lions by the driveway, and what I call "funeral home fencing" - the large black metal fences with finials. An ostentatious entryway does not a mansion make!

    As for the houses you've posted here, I am ready to move into Rainethorpe and Llanerchydol.

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    1. I like Kingston Lisle and the Dorothy Quincy Homestead.

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  3. On the last house, could this possibly be the rear entrance?

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    1. I don't think it would be the back...

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  4. P.S. What's that photo on your header?

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    1. Photo is from the garden i wrote about last week. It's a panoramic shot.

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  5. Fun houses on both sides of the pond. The "don'ts" cracked me up. Especially the last one. Res Ipsa Loquitur (the thing speaks for itself).

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  6. Happy Friday! Thanks for the goodies, but also the baddies! Sad that ugly houses are such fun, as long as they're not in your own neighborhood, that is.

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  7. OMG the last one + have a wonderful weekend xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  8. Just discovered a video of the childhood home of Eleanor Roosevelt (Sunrise at Campebello now airing) Oh my goodness it looks as if it has seen better days some details inside remain, if you find time to watch it Meg would appreciate your take on how such a historical property has found such a fate. Thank you

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  9. I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls or "The Gipsy Girl's Dream" is a popular aria from The Bohemian Girl, an 1843 opera by Michael William Balfe, with lyrics by Alfred Bunn. Not original to Enya.

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