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Would you like to share the history of your house with us?

Asked by Bellatrix (21121 points ) January 6th, 2012

There is a programme on TV here that investigates the history of houses. Each week the researcher visits a house and investigates that property. He looks into myths about them, who lived there, the connection to historic events, who built them and other mysteries houses often have attached to them.

Have you lived there long? Does your house have any quirky elements that you wonder about but haven’t been able to unravel? Have you investigated its past and what did you find out? Your story doesn’t have to be about an old house, just what is interesting or different about your house. Enchant us, scare us or amaze us with the story of your house.

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AnonymousWoman's avatar

The house I live in is newer, so it doesn’t have a huge history behind it. It was built after I was born.

ragingloli's avatar

The House of Mogh was a family of high social and political rank and one of the Great Houses in the Klingon Empire until 2366 when false documents were produced which showed that Mogh had betrayed the Empire to the Romulans in the Khitomer Massacre of 2346.
In 2366, after his mother’s death, Jeremy Aster went through the R’uustai ceremony and became a member of the House of Mogh.
The House of Mogh regained its rightful honor in 2367 due to the assistance of Worf and Kurn, both sons of Mogh, to Gowron’s ascendancy to Leader of the Klingon High Council.

In 2372, the House of Mogh was again stripped of its honor when Worf refused to help Gowron attack the Cardassian Union.

jazmina88's avatar

My house was built in 55, and a girl from my church growing up lived here. I knew she was in the neighborhood, but a few years ago, she knocked on my door.

The last owners were friends with a bass player i had a crush on, and fully endorsed my buyin it.

augustlan's avatar

Our house was built in either 1929 or 1931 (I can never remember which). It’s an arts & crafts style duplex (two complete houses, connected to each other). Originally, it had no indoor bathroom and was heated by a coal furnace, and possibly a wood stove in the kitchen. The old chimneys are still there, and an area of hardwood floor in the middle of the house has been patched where there used to be a big floor grate for heat. Water was originally collected by a cistern system, and the big hole for that was still in the backyard when we bought it. (We filled it in a couple of years ago, finally… that thing was dangerous!). The walls are all plaster (which is cracking and falling down everywhere), and there is no insulation at all. The exterior is brick, and the interior plaster is applied directly to the brick. The plaster has horsehair in it. The windows are almost all original, so are only 1 pane thick and have wavy glass in them. In short… this place is very drafty! There is a 4 bay garage out back, built at the same time as the house, but only very tiny modern cars could fit in it. It’s practically falling down, too, so it really wouldn’t be safe to park there, anyway.

We only know a little bit about the previous owner. He was a very old man, and had lived in one side of the house for many, many years, while renting out the other house. As a result, the rental house is in much better condition than the side we live in. He seemed more worried about keeping the rental side up to modern codes than the one he lived in. He passed away, and his family sold the houses in as-is condition. There are still lots of updates needed, but we really do love this old house.

Stinley's avatar

My house was built in the 1920s and, being in a cute English village, is one of the newer houses! It was built by the council and sold to the tenant in the 1980s. Her daughter lived there after she died until about 1999. It has been renovated a bit and the outside toilet removed! The bathroom is downstairs still, which I find very odd. It needs a lot of work, but what to do first – upstairs bathroom or central heating?

downtide's avatar

My house was built in 1938/39. When I moved in, we had to replace some of the floorboards on the ground floor. There is no cellar but there’s a space about 2ft deep under the floor in the foundations, and in there we found a newspaper left by one of the builders. It was dated May 1939 and the headline read “There will be war by September”. They were right too: WW2 started on September 1 1939. Unfortunately we weren’t able to preserve the paper; after coming out into open air it disintegrated within a day, but it was very interesting to read it.

wilma's avatar

My house was built in 1895. The builder built it for his parents, he lived next door. It has gone through some changes. It has had a bathroom and indoor plumbing added, it has had a colonnade removed, it has had a gas furnace installed instead of a coal burning furnace. It has had a chimney fire in the wood/coal cook stove in the kitchen. (evidence of this fire is still in the attic.) I have stripped many layers of paint off the woodwork, and doors. I have found coal, corncobs, old high-button shoes, whiskey bottles, a rain barrel, a crock-well, candy wrappers and hand made pornographic toys in the walls and in the crawl-space. My house is cold and drafty has some wavy glass windows.
I love my old house and am comfortable here. I believe that some of the folks that have lived here over the years might still have an interest in the place. I don’t know any other way to explains some of the things I see and feel in my house.

smilingheart1's avatar

@Wilma, do you feel any “presence” there at times, like others still care about the place but you can’t see them? I don’t mean ghosts exactly but just that this home matters to more than the ones with the name on the current ownership documents?

Blackberry's avatar

I found this cheap apartment, so I got it. Lol.

geeky_mama's avatar

The house I grew up in as a child was MUCH more interesting than my current house..
It was built in the late 1800s and at one point in time was part of the Underground Railroad (helping to conceal freed and fleeing Southern former slaves as they made their way north through Ohio towards Canada). At one point we had a very detailed history of the house from the people who owned it for several decades before my grandparents bought it. My grandparents lived there for a long while before selling it to my dad and I lived there for the majority of my childhood.
As beautiful, large and interesting as the house was..it had essentially NO insulation. The kitchen pipes would freeze if we didn’t put heat lamps on them on winter nights. (And this was in Ohio..which isn’t all that cold, really..) Also, the house had no A/C and hot water heat with a BIG monster boiler in the basement (and a dirt floor basement!) to heat the house.

The house we live in now was built in 1987 and the original owners (who had it built) are the ones who sold it to us. (They were very nice people.)
It’s not the best built house or the nicest floor plan I’ve ever seen..but it definitely has a good location (albeit, on protected wetlands now..essentially we live in a swamp) and very good vibes. It’s a happy house. We’re really happy there. Our kids love it—and I suppose we’ll be staying there for the foreseeable future…at least until the kids are grown up.

Jude's avatar

Built in the 1850’s. Back in the day, with Detroit being the primary gateway to Canada and freedom, and my hometown being a stop along the underground railroad, slaves came over to my hometown and stayed at my house.

wilma's avatar

@smilingheart1 , yes very much so.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

My house hates electric can openers. I have never had one last for more than a year. It’s a new house built in 1991.

Leanne1986's avatar

All I know is that it was built in 1890 and it was converted into three flats after it stopped functioning as a hotel. I’m not sure when that was though. I’ve lived here for 3 years.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

We rent a modern late 80’s home I like very much, I’d even buy it if possible. It was sold only a few times before becoming an inventory for our property manager/owner. When I first toured it, the paint colors, the choice of stone for the floors and surfaces, the woods- it’s as I would have chosen so all we had to do it move in. Neighbors on one side did come over right away and tell my husband they were excited normal people were moving in at last but we don’t know who was here before, what they were like.

Blueroses's avatar

My house was built in 1973. The only thing haunting it is the truly unfortunate, original wallpaper. So ugly it’s almost cool.

Jude's avatar

@Blueroses need to see a picture of that. :)

Blueroses's avatar

Well, alright but just remember, if you feel queasy you can close the tab.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Blueroses That is beyond hideous. It hurt my eyes. Who sold that stuff?

Blueroses's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I want to know who told them it was too much to cover a full wall with the flowers, but the stripes would go really well with it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I was wondering how you could make the flowers worse until I scrolled down. OMG. Who picked that out, Stevie Wonder?. For those with medical issues, you might not want to look.

Blueroses's avatar

I don’t use that room often in the daylight. It wasn’t even a flophouse, it was owned by a perfectly respectable middle-class suburban couple. 70s interior desecration at its finest.

And in case this isn’t enough, the Venetian blinds are bright orange and lime green.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’m amazed you can enter that room in daylight. :)

Harold's avatar

Our house is built on the side of a very steep rock ledge, and my wife and I have often wondered who thought to subdivide such unfriendly terrain. We are glad they did though, as the bushland that comes up to the back of it is magic. It is around 30 years old. Another thing we wonder about is why previous owners were stupid enough to build a swimming pool under gum trees. We have turned it into a fish pond- a much better use for it. Neighbours who have been here much longer than us have said that there have been no bushfires in the area, but we guess it is just a matter of time before we have one- this IS Australia, after all.

Jude's avatar

@Blueroses My eyes are bleeding. ;)

geeky_mama's avatar

@Blueroses —looks like the kitchen wallpaper in the house I grew up in (I was a child in the 70s)—thanks for the flashback!!

Stinley's avatar

@Blueroses I love love love that wallpaper

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