One of the original chandeliers still adorns the dining room. Look closely and you will see domes that light up from underneath. I have never seen anything quite like it. The homeowners said that when they moved in, many of the crystals were missing. As they continued to update the heating and air systems, they uncovered many of the original pieces and were able to restore it to its glory.
When the current home owners, wanted to expand storage in the kitchen, they found an area behind the pantry that led them to a basement area perfect for expansion. There, they found (literal) blue prints for a "renovation" to the current structure. An architect from Richmond, created these plans for my great-grandmother and great-grandfather. I loved pouring over these, trying to figure out how my ancestors wanted to improve their home for their family of six.
Check out the allowances for changes... $75 for finish hardware and $120 for electric fixtures. Note, these changes were dated May 1946.
I particularly love the part about the owner's responsibility to install "wall decoration".
I wonder at what point this magnificent fireplace was added. It could have been part of the original design and selected by the captain and his wife or part of my family's alterations. It is stunning. I wonder if my grandfather asked my great-grandfather for my Mimi's hand in marriage in this very room? Oh, the history. So thankful it's mine.
While I was so honored to be asked to help renovate a bathroom and do further work on this tudor beauty, I couldn't help but feel nostalgic about the fact that I am about to rip out a the very vanity at which my Mimi applied her make-up.
Perhaps, she primped for dates with my grandfather in this house and in a bathroom that I am about to change drastically to fit the needs of the current homeowner. It's time. Time marches on and the functionality of this bathroom is in question. I am honored to work on this home. It's a home that was once filled with the love of family and decades later, it still is.
bye bye birdie...