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Victorian Envy: Kimberly Crest House

by Theresa Cacace (photo by William Liles)

If you love CIRCA, then chances are you’re also head-over-heels for all things Victorian! To help feed our need for towers, turrets and spindles, we’ve employed the lovely Theresa of the uber-popular Facebook page Vintage Wonderlust to take as all around the country showcasing her favorite Victorian houses.
 
Kimberly Crest, a picturesque French chateau style home built in 1897, is a well preserved example of the Victorian Era in Southern California and was built originally for a very lucky Mrs. Cornelia Hill. Shortly after the home was sold to the Kimberly family in 1905 and the family continued to live at the home until 1979! At 7,000 square feet the building qualifies as a petite chateau and I can understand why. If you are lucky enough to visit I definitely suggest you bring your walking shoes as the entire property is 39 acres and also a botanical park.
 
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Take a peek… if you dare! Happy Halloween!

by Lauren Spinelli

 
All Hallows’ Eve is upon us, folks! It’s time to binge on fun size candy bars and listen for things to go bump in the night…at least that’s my plan ☺
 
As a treat for you (no tricks), I thought I’d share favorite pieces of vintage Halloween décor from my personal collection.
 
Take a peek… if you dare! Happy Halloween!
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She’s a Southern Sparkler: You Should Move to Eufaula, AL!

by Alix Adams (Credit: Lamar via tumblr Kendall Manor)

Welcome to “You Should Move To…”, in which we travel the country scoping out beautiful, under-the-radar old house towns where big charm can be had for little cost. Have a city, town or neighborhood to recommend? Send it along to letters@circahouses.com!
 
Eufaula sits on the Chattahoochee River in an area once inhabited by three creek tribes, including the Eufaulas. Originally named Irwinton, she took on a new identity in 1842 to end postal confusion stemming from her proximity to Irwinton, Georgia. The town was officially incorporated as Eufaula in 1857 and now has a population of just over 13,000. Visitors come and residents stay for the jaw-dropping antebellum mansions and hospitable southern community.
 
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OLD HOUSE 101: George Washington and Historic Preservation in the US

by Jon Valalik (Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

Hello, and welcome to Old House 101! Today we’re talking about the great influence that George Washington had on Historic Preservation in the United States.
 
The practice of active historic preservation hasn’t always existed in the United States. By luck or circumstance, we do have a few samples from very early in American history, but it wasn’t until the mid 19th century that organized efforts began to seek out and save structures, monuments, and sites as memorials for important figures and educational tools for later generations. It’s no surprise, then, that one of the most important figures in the foundation of the United States was also, unintentionally, responsible for ushering into favor the idea of saving and showcasing these places.
 
George Washington left his mark all over the country, and monuments nationwide are a testament to his influence. Two of these sites can largely be credited for introducing the nation to what has now become a long tradition of historic preservation.
 
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CIRCA School: Ionic Columns

by Jon Valalik (photo by New Jersey City University)

Grab your No. 2 pencils, everyone! It’s time for CIRCA School, where we uncover the fascinating facts behind everyone’s favorite old house details.
 
The ionic column is one of the most popular among all types of buildings in American architecture. It’s part of the larger Ionic order, which includes several other elements and guidelines, but the column itself, specifically its unique capital, is the most recognizable part.
 
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Antique Finds for Autumn Lovers

by Lauren Spinelli

 
Meshing vintage pieces with standard fall flair is a beautiful thing. Pumpkins and patina? YES PLEASE! If you’re looking to add vintage touches to your typical autumn décor, reap inspiration from my latest virtual pickin’ trip. Note: a hot cup of apple cider, pumpkin scone, and that oh-so-perfect sweatshirt are required before reading on.
 
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October 5th: Peek Inside All of Your Favorite Old Houses for Sale in Delaware!

by Elizabeth Finkelstein

Shopping for an old house in Delaware? Mark your calendars for October 5th from 1-4pm for Delaware State-Wide Historic Open House Day, when scores of old houses for sale across the state will be open to the public! Sigh. I just LOVE when realtors go above and beyond to market old houses. Sophia Bilinsky is one of CIRCA’s star realtors, and she’s organized this fantastic event to show off the first state’s first homes. I’ve pasted the press release below, and you can visit the event website for more information. New York realtors, can you please take the lead and organize something like this so I can house gawk for an afternoon!?
 

Antique Finds for Victorian Lovers

by Lauren Spinelli

 
Choo Choo! All aboard the ostentatious train! Get ready to journey back in time as I share my decor picks from the Victorian era. I’m full steam ahead to the period of the five C’s (color, cages, carvings, curved lines and claw feet). Let’s do this!
 
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Live Like Victorian Royalty in Sylvania, Georgia!

by Leona Jaeger

I don’t think I’ve met a single soul who doesn’t love the idea of a sunny day, a barely-there cool breeze, an icy lemonade (or iced tea or mint julep) and a huge porch on which to sway lazily away in a cozy rocking chair. If you’re one of the souls I just described, then you are going to be swayin’ in porch heaven! Welcome to the Kittles Homes — for sale on CIRCA!
 
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