Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Perry House

The Perry House, circa 1900.

This house sits a block off the square in our little town. I had to get a close shot, so as not to be distracted by the portable buildings on the right side (temporary courthouse) and the road on the left side, and pavement all around (except for the small strip of bushes you can see by the porch). It would look much better out in the country on a farm or on a hilltop overlooking the mountains. But it is here, in town, and at the time it was built, it was probably a very uptown kind of house.

There is a lot of controversy as to what to do with the old Perry House. Should we demolish it to use the space for new courthouse, save it, remodel it, or put it on the National Register of Historic Places. That is the question, what to do with the old places?


Seeing Anew said...

You composed this very nicely. This looks like it might have been a Sear's Kit Home -- a popular thing at the turn of the century. People "mail ordered" their homes and all the parts came ready for assembly. We have a similar one in our town and it was beautiful to go through. I know it's so expensive to restore an old home, and it does look like it needs work, but I hope your town gets to keep this treasure.

jellyhead said...

Susan, a lovely picture again. I'm amazed by the size - how many rooms must that house have? It's so BIG! I suppose it would have belonged to a very wealthy family, with servants rooms and the like?