My heart swells & my mind soars when it comes to old houses & architecture.
I love their character. I want to know their history. I imagine them being built & in their prime.
This afternoon we looked at an old house, for sale and in serious need of TLC. I learned of it just two days ago, and had already fallen for it. I had already pictured Mitch & I going to work each day together, renovating it. Images of it's potential had taken root in my head.
My mind occasionally gets ahead of me.
We hadn't even turned the engine off before I could see his mind was made up against it.
Where I saw beauty & potential, he saw- well, I won't share his choice of words.
Still, I peered through windows & fell in love. The entry, the doors, even the gutted layout and the berries on the overgrown vine hanging outside... they got me.
I have a weakness for old architecture & abandoned places.
Back in late August we took a brief mid-week trip to Bayfield, Wisconsin for our 15th wedding anniversary.
What drew us to Bayfield was the south shore of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands, which I shared about here. But we also visited orchards, sampled wines, browsed a couple of junk shops & admired great architecture.
Bayfield is loaded with historical architecture.
We spent an afternoon walking around town, checking out beautiful old buildings. One that we stumbled upon was the Christ Episcopal Church, built in 1870 and charming as can be. (White board & batten gets me every time.)
It's original construction cost was $1,500. I'm blown away by what church construction is costing for institutional looking facilities these days.
On the National Register of Historic Places, it's a "delicately proportioned" little church, and a wonderful example of construction character gone-by.
It even had a whimsical little side garden.
I might have to head back to the aforementioned house with my camera, to capture & preserve the details that tugged my heartstrings.