Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bingo

Bit wonky, the photos. I took them while walking... bit worried that 'Boo Radley' might pop out and scare the living daylights out of me.

Oh I searched and searched and to my delight I found that, yes, it is of historical significance, this beauty I pass on my morning walk each day. This beautiful house, occupying a corner site, was built in 1885 by a local architect, as his own residence. He later became the mayor of South Brisbane and a member of parliment. After he moved on it was purchased by a Scottish-Canadian man who named the house 'Nassagaweya' (after his birth place in Ontario), a Delaware Indian word meaning 'home by the maple forests' (no such forests in sight now that the area has been gentrified). He died in 1946 and the house still remains in the family today.


No signs of life when I walk past... and surprisingly it looks like it hasn't undergone a renovation as such. Maybe a coat of paint 10 years ago? A classic example of vernacular architecture. Apparently it's corrugated iron roof was originally slate.... sigh... would have been gorgeous. It remains unaltered from it's original form except for a room added at the rear.


It had stables... sigh... but they burnt down some time ago. Am loving exploring this new suburb of mine... and stalking it's history.
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24 comments:

  1. That's exquisite. I want to move to Brissie! No history round these here parts unless you count 1960s guvvies. Love a bit of 19C vernacular architecture in Cape Cod-style.

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  2. I'm loving the number of interesting rooflines, detailed chimneys, the steep pitched rooves, fretwork, colours, lacework, the tree at the front, the pickets.......oh geez, is there anything I DON'T love ?lol

    Great find A-M! What a stunner......makes me wonder what it looks like inside!!!

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  3. Looks like a gorgeous home. Wouldn't you love to be able to see inside...

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  4. Yes one can see how the Cape Cod/New England style ties in so beautifully with our heritage homes here. I love the gables and rooflines. Love the little portico too.
    A-M xx

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  5. Gorgeous house! I often wish I could go back in time to see places like that back in the day, with just a dirt road as the street and horse and carriges driving past. I'd want to go back just to see the slate room, that would have been stunning!
    Jxx

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  6. If only there were more beauties like this around Brisbane! Love everything about this house - the verandah, roofline, picket fence....all of it. So A-M, get your drafting table ready, Brissie could do with a huge style overhaul, and I think you're just the gal to do it! K xx

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  7. What a wonderful house. I love to go for a snoop inside. Wouldn't stables be a treat - maybe a nice art studio? Pity they don't exist anymore :)

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  8. amazing detail - would be great to get a look inside wouldn't it. jxx

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  9. I love it- absolutely love old homes and their charm. Emma. xx

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  10. Oh, how fabulous. I sometimes bemoan the lack of historic homes in Brissie (compared to down south) and here you are uncovering such a stunner.

    I think the fact that the home has been kept in the (2nd!) family is the key to it retaining most of its original charm.

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  11. Just a thought A-M you could knock on the door one day and just gush about how lovely the house is to the owners, and you may get a peek inside! Just a thought but you never know with some people, most are kind enough if its a very old home of heritage value. Wish there were more of these around though. Everything is getting pulled down now. Cathyxx

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  12. Thanks for showing us this house - I love seeing vernacular architecture from different areas.

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  13. Hats off to the owners for maintaining this beautiful home in all it's glory. Old homes like this require alot of love and committment.
    Half the fun is imagining the interior layout and how the occupants live. Always wished to be privy to the inside of Boo's house but then the mystery would have been spoilt.
    xx

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  14. I, too, love old homes and their charm and history...

    A-M - could this be a sign that your next project might be "The House that A-M Renovated"!

    Hope you share more of your morning walk 'finds', this is just lovely.

    x Caroline

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  15. What a beauty! I can see you working a bit of your magic and bringing her back to life!

    Kat :)

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  16. Thanks A-M. This is just the paint scheme we are looking at for our place. We just discovered some old chamfer boards that were boarded over when the detached kitchen was attached and they are this colour. We are so excited to have discovered the original colours of the house. Ours had a shingle roof too...I think they leaked like a beauty though!
    Cheers,
    Ani

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  17. What a grand old lady. I often take my children "house-spotting" around Brisbane. I love driving up unknown streets to see what surprises may be in store. Have you spied Farrington House yet? That was a lovely surprise. Vanessa x

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  18. I agree with Cathy just knock on that front door and see what happens!!!
    Alison

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  19. I agree with Catherine, why not just knock on the door and ask if it is for sale. I can totally relate to stalking local houses, there is one up the road from me with a tower (it is Victorian), very run down, am sure an elderly lady with 10 cats lives there. Give it a go... xoxo

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  20. Bloody Hell, I got so excited when I read "Bingo" & saw the photo of that beauty - I thought you had bought it! Oh well we will just have to stick to stalking for now.........
    Katie

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  21. That is really lovely... I especially like that it has such an interesting history... It could do with a little love, but it's beautiful anyway.... Can you break in next time you walk past, and get us some pics of the inside?? haha
    Flick x

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  22. Yep, you need to ask if it is for sale...it is gorgeous...and imagine if you added the slate to the roof again. Like putting a ball gown on. Its perfect!!
    Ness xx

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  23. Very impressive. I LOVE history & LOVE living in Brissie so really appreciate the lesson.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx