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Friday, January 19, 2007

One more spectacular Victorian


Thanks to Town Historian An Linden, I took another trip to Amenia to take a picture of this beautiful house. Here's what she told me about it: It is in what they call the "Tuscan villa" style with a tower. The building belongs to Darlene Reimer, who restored it from a pathetic state. It is white now, probably not the color it was originally...but it is wonderful inside...Her architctural office is on the first floor, a real estate agent on the second. You will see that it is very much the size of our contemporary houses...not a mansion. There is lots of history to go with each one of the homes you show...the one important fact about all of them is that they were built after the NY Central Harlem Valley Railroad came through in 1850. There were some going industries in Amenia including iron and condensed milk (Borden in Wassaic) accounting for the size and detail on the houses.

They were not "mansions", just homes of successful business people of the 19th century. By Victorian standards, these are not large houses. Some of them (the three you show in the photos) are painted historic colors of the period...chosen to hide the train smoke and dirt from the iron industry, and chosen to satisfy the victorian love of ostentation.

9 Comments:

Blogger Olivier said...

le blog se plante et quand il s'ouvre pas d'image ;o(

the blog is planted and when it opens: no the image; O (

12:23 PM  
Blogger tut-tut said...

Thanks for the bit of history.

12:41 PM  
Blogger alice said...

Sorry, i can(t see yout photo today...

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Helen said...

Beautiful house!

10:38 PM  
Blogger RUTH said...

I love this house; like something we here in England would only see in films......certainly a mansion in my mind

2:02 AM  
Blogger Pierre said...

Spectacular Indeed! What a tower! I've always loved the wood used in building these houses...

5:26 AM  
Blogger Olivier said...

enfin je vois la photo...et vraiment elle est superbe et d'une architecture tres originale. Bravo j'adore


finally I see the photograph… and really it is superb and of a very original architecture. Cheer I adore

5:51 AM  
Blogger alice said...

I have been waiting for this shot but i am not disappointed!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Why is it I immediately want to know what is in the tower.......

6:25 PM  

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