Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Charm of Old Houses

I live in a house built in the late 19th century. One of the joys of living in an older home is the chance to restore and repair architectural features from the past. This gives me an opportunity to "look under the clapboards" and enjoy the craftsmanship of 100 years ago. A pleasure somewhat akin to turning over a pair of antique cufflinks to learn how they were designed and crafted.

Unfortunately, every so often while working on the house I have a mishap. Recently I became entangled in a ladder as it fell to the ground and injured several vertebrae. After surgery last week the prognosis is good with 100% recovery anticipated. The downside is that over the past few weeks I haven't had a chance to follow up on my recent posts about the "Fleur de Lys" cufflink maker. I will pick up on this project next month and hope to post by the end of April.

While falling on top of a ladder is no fun, it does give me an opportunity to post one of my favorite architectural drawings of a late 19th century house. This particular house was built be Charles L. Carrington around 1885. Mr. Carrington was the eponymous founder of Carrington & Company, the celebrated maker of elegant cufflinks and dress sets during the first half of the 20th century.

Please click the above rendering for a larger view.

More about the Carrington house can be found in my post from December, 2009

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful early spring.

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