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105 W Keller Street is a HOUSE OF STYLE!!! See the feature article and additional photos on Pennlive.
Ever since I was a small child I've wanted a big Victorian house with a tower. To me they weren't spooky, whatever the condition; they were beautiful and deserved to be looked after by someone who appreciated their special charm. After restoring several other vintage homes ranging from late Victorian to Tudor, I finally got my dream house, a circa-1886 Eastlake/Aesthetic gem built by a prominent local builder for his personal home. I was still in my thirties, and full of energy and wonderful plans & ideas to restore this remarkable home to its former grandeur.
I set to work, carefully preserving original features, putting back to right what had been made wrong over the years, and using my in-depth knowledge of the architectural period plus countless hours of research to select appropriate materials for wallpaper, paint colors, fixtures, and even garden flowers that would have been available in the late 1880's.
This involved bringing back William Morris wallpaper from trips to England, begging the folks at Bradbury & Bradbury to sell me overruns or leftovers at a price my humble budget could afford, special ordering brass fixtures without lacquer so they would patina to that wonderful crusty old brass finish, and when necessary, fabricating things myself. There was lots of intricate hand-painting involved when I installed genuine Lincrusta in the library and vestibule. And I was thrilled when I found a pull chain toilet and just the right wash stand for the bathroom.
Outside, I had the unenviable job of removing vinyl siding and then 100-plus years of old paint so I could repaint in correct colors for the period. But I knew the only way to do it right was to not just scrape and paint, but take it all off, down to the original wood clapboards, which in 99% of the areas were in splendid condition. The carriage house needed a new roof, and I simply could not allow the continued mistake of asphalt, so I took a deep breath, and paid a bundle for metal, which not only looks correct but will last 50 years.
So things went great for a couple of years, then I lost my job. Then the economy tanked. The past few years have been economically challenging and it's been tough to keep projects moving. On top of that, age has crept up on me, and I'm no longer in my thirties or even my forties. I hated extension ladders when I was 38, so you can imagine my dread now. Also, there are other demands on my time that didn't exist before.
Sad as it makes me to think of leaving, the time has come to find new caretakers for this wonderful old home. People who will appreciate and understand the work I've completed, and who'll be able to pick up the torch and finish the projects that I just haven't been able to tackle.
Someone who will hear the operetta music in the parlor, and loves wood that creaks when the humidity changes. Who understands the charm of windows that stick sometimes and that just because something has aged, doesn't mean it's time to rip it out and replace with new. It's a cliché, but they don't make them like this anymore, and there are very few Victorian homes left with so many original features. If you love old houses as much as I do, read on. A list of features is on the Showing page.