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Thursday, May 21, 2009

The house was a patchwork of lines, textures, shades of yesterday and today...a bit baroque, Victorian and contemporary.

It dates back to the early 20th century when my hometown was in it's infancy. Built on the banks of the Ohio river, it must have been owned by a family of considerable wealth...wealth perhaps earned from the import/export business. River transportation was thriving at the Port of Evansville. Goods were loaded south in New Orleans or Memphis on the Mississippi and transported to Evansville via the Ohio. The merchants of the day would flock to the port with each arrival and buy the exotic wares from far away.

Over the years, the house was remodeled several times and refurbished in the fashion of the day. This must be the reason for so many different designs are within one house. It almost reads as a history of trends in this Midwest community as it grew and thrived...then like so many other small Midwest towns...declined as river traffic became less and less necessary over the years.

12 comments:

Heather said...

I've told you before, but I love old houses. And this one is no exception. I would love to look around and speculate on the things that must have happened in this home.
Beautifully captured in black and white. Timeless.

Dan Felstead said...

Heather,
I have several different shots of this house and couldn't decide which one to post. I have another house that I am posting in a few days that would be a good Halloween house! Not really scary but there is just something about it!

Dan

Bobbi said...

Wow - I love old houses and old barns! This photo has sparked my imagination for a current short story I'm working on.

Dan Felstead said...

Bobbi...
That's neat! I am glad I could spur your imagination for your novel. Keep me posted.

Dan

Simply Heather said...

Hi Dan...I've had the buggery time trying to get into here...I don't know if it was a blogger issue or my own computer's beligerance but finally...here I am.

Great last three postings :o)

Dan Felstead said...

Simply Heather...
I haven't had any trouble on my end that I am aware of??? Someone told me however that blogger was down for a while a couple of days ago.

Dan

Level 9 Poetry said...

Oh Dan, I love this picture and have the perfect poem for this one.

It's me PuraPoetica :) I have a new blog.

Cynthia said...

They must have been living out a FANTASY!!!
:^)
It would be fun to write about...
:^)

Dan Felstead said...

PuraPoetica...
Welcome back! I hope your time off was worthwhile. Thanks for following and best of luck with your new blog. Glad to see our resident poet back in the saddle!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia,

I know kind of strange taste! Although I am sure that several families have owned the house and redesigned it to their taste. They just forgot to cover over the designs of the folks before them and now you have the conglomeration!

Dan

Level 9 Poetry said...

Thanks so much Dan for allowing me to link your picture to my blog. I will post next week. I really love this picture, can't say it enough. Have a great weekend!

Also, thanks for stopping by :)

Dan Felstead said...

Your welcome Pura....
You have a great holiday as well. Thanks for the kind words.

Dan