Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dreaming Again...

The house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer,
the house allows one to dream in peace.
-Gaston Bachelard

It's happened again,  you guys. I have fallen in love. 

Meet the Whitaker House, a circa 1890s mansion that looks as if it could be the setting for one of my favorite girlhood books, The Velvet Room:

I took Josh to meet her over the weekend.  This is all I have ever wanted, I breathed, hand wrapping around the iron garden gate that, seemingly by magic, creaked open. I took it as an invitation. Wouldn't you? We creeped inside the brick and iron wall and just stared at the old place.

It was for sale but now it isn't. Apparently a local optometrist purchased it from the estate of an out of town doctor, but there's no word on what the eye guy intends to do with the place.

I intend to find every dollar I possibly can and pray, wish and hope beyond hope that one day the phone will ring and it will be a gruff-sounding voice on the other end saying, So, I heard you were interested in the old Whitaker place....

Not interested. Enthralled, is a better word. Utterly smitten and completely in love.

It's time to find a place to dream in peace again....

8 comments:

Melodee said...

What a beautiful home. I understand why you are enthralled. I do hope it is brought back to life again by somebody who loves it (and wish it could be you - I loved Freeman House).

Terri Steffes said...

Oh yes, quite a beauty. You have a gift for finding a lovely home that has been forgotten. I hope you get to bring this one to life again. That would be cool.

Sue Neitzel said...

Dream on Brin!!! It's perfect for your touch, spirit and ideas! I love it! What is it about these old homes that just dig into us?

jAne said...

absolutely breathtaking. yes. :)

Patsy from Illinois said...

Is it time for another Freeman House?

rachel said...

Oh, yes. New dreams and new adventures xxx
Ps I hope you are feeling better. Am thinking of you often xx

Katherine said...

I love old homes like this. I am imagining intricate and elaborate woodwork thought, especially on the fireplace mantles. I would love to see the inside!

Lulu said...

keep dreaming and never, every loose hope..
hope youre feeling much better hon..