One day Don told me he wanted to take me to see a house I'd never seen before. We are great explorers and have covered most of the interesting old neighborhoods in our city - and that is quite a lot of neighborhoods - as Bellingham is nearing 100,000 in population. We enjoy seeing the old houses - and I sometimes like to make up stories to go with the houses.
As we approached this house I had to agree - I had never seen it before - and it is a good one.
It is showing its age - probably built in the 1880s, as were so many of the older homes in Bellingham. It appears to be time for some fixing up.
There are lots of interesting features - this old candelabra is on the front porch - in years gone by I can imagine lighting the candles as the family gathered in the soft warm evenings.
The "witch's hat" has lovely shingles in several shapes. What pride the first family must have felt as they moved into their elegant new home.
The stained glass windows appear to be original to the home - did the mother of the family design them? They are quite futuristic for that time period.
Curves at the tops of the windows in the tower add a nice detail - and the lovely, fresh white curtains are a sign that the house is still well loved, but in need of some tender loving care on the outside.
A quick peek into one window shows some nice antique furniture and some pretty dishes on the table, and a charming stained glass lamp. Perhaps they just finished a lovely dinner. The table appears to be hand painted.
The yard is well tended - with flowering bushes and vines - though the archway entrance is in need of repair. Has the house become too much to take care of? Are the owners getting on in years and can't keep up with the repairs of such a large home?
Do they sit and enjoy the wonderful house on winter evenings? Do summers bring sweet memories of times past?
We will return to this house from time to time and see what happens to it - our hopes are that it will receive the repairs it needs to remain a treasure in our town.