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African American Cultural Heritage Sites You Can Help Save

In 2017, @SavingPlaces launched the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a campaign to preserve places that have been overlooked in American history and represent centuries of African American activism, achievement, and resilience. Since then, the Action Fund has raised $70 million and supported more than 200 preservation projects nationally. Today, in addition to asking for your support, we will explore five places where this campaign has had a major impact.

What is the Oldest House in America?

If you’ve ever found yourself daydreaming about old houses and wondering, “What’s the oldest one in the whole country?” Well, so had we – and we’ll do you one better: this is the oldest timber-framed house on the *continent.* The best part? It’s open to the public! The Fairbanks House is the oldest know wood structure in North America. It was built between 1637 and 1641. How do we know? Dendrochronology, tree ring dating.

6 Books Old House Lovers Should Own

Whether you’re dreaming about old houses, shopping for one, or in the midst of restoring yours to perfection right now, you’ll benefit from adding these to your shelf. Old house lovers worth their weight in wavy glass should have an itty-bitty background in urban planning, an understanding of the domestic architectural styles surrounding them, and some sound advice on decor and styling a place to perfection. These 6 will get you there in no time.

How to Create Your ~*Fantasy*~ Farmhouse Kitchen!

The Castkills wildlife turned out in full force to chirp and sing along as Christienne of @catskillfarmhouse warmly welcomes us into her kitchen to share the backstory of how she and her husband have renovated their spacious, airy (now that they’ve raised the ceiling nearly two feet!) kitchen. The look: simple, classic, English. My personal favorite feature just might be the 10-foot-long table/island, which accommodates no less than eight stools for guests galore as the Dobsons prepare a meal for dining al fresco in the beautiful Catskills.

What Do Home-Seekers Want to See in Real Estate in 2022?

New year and, for some, new (old) house dreams! We asked our CIRCA community of old house lovers what they’d like to see in the real estate market in 2022. Whether they’re actively in the market searching for their dream house, or if they’ve already put down roots and are reflecting back on their house hunt, what would speak to their old house-loving soul the most? Here’s some of what they told us (real estate agents and brokers with historic, character-rich properties, take note!).

How to restore a fairytale cottage (right out of Lord of the Rings!)!

In a mystical realm called Wisconsin 😉 stands @elvencottage, a c. 1926 cottage straight from your favorite childhood fairy tale (or adulthood fantasy novel). West and Alexis have painstakingly and carefully restored windows one by one … and that’s just the beginning. The vaulted Great Room of Elven Cottage is anchored by a soaring chimney; West’s plans for the Game Room/Library, with a bookshelf to climb up and over the door, are wonderfully fun; the Guest Room, destined for exposed beams in the style of coffee shops West and Alexis experience in York, England, is sure to be warm and welcoming.

You’ll be speechless when you see this church-turned-home!

The hashtag #LookUp was surely coined with All Saints House in mind! Follow homeowners and restorers Anastasiia and Gunther through the arched doorway and into this converted chapel. The soaring ceiling is impossible to ignore (ok by us!), and the Great Room is filled with stories — some anchored by objects and others as memories that Gunther and Anastasiia generously share with us as they guide us on this “one-room journey.”

CIRCA’s Founders Have an Old House TV Show Coming!

Shortly after the CIRCA Instagram account got its start, founders Elizabeth and Ethan created another account exclusively showcasing affordable old homes, @CheapOldHouses, and it quickly became the space for the *really* good ones, if you like old houses and a project – the ones that might look a little forgotten, but never flipped, where the fixtures are original but the prices are still alluringly low. Fast forward a few years, and 1.6 million Cheap Old House lovers follow along.

7 Idyllic Stone Farmhouses for Sale Now

848 W Thatcher Rd, Quakertown, PA There’s nothing like the patina of age old stone. It just gets better with time and the age really *shows* in the same great […]

4 Homes for Sale with Fun Vintage Bathrooms

8215 Co Rd 79, Auburn, AL Almost all of us go weak in the knees for a gorgeous claw-foot tub, but how far are you willing to go? I’ve been […]

For the Love Of All the Old Houses – 10 Of the Most Amazing Historic Homes For Sale This week!

1023 Forest Ave, Palo Alto, CA Temperatures are warming up, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and the real estate market is gearing up for a busy spring. There are so […]

These 5 Old Houses *Might* Make You Love Wallpaper Again

305 Clara’s Point Road, Sewanee, TN The tradition of adorning walls with paper began in ancient China and has been used in American homes since colonialism. Maybe it’s because patterns […]

9 Italianate Old Houses for Sale Now

250 Fort Hill Road, Scarsdale, NY The Italianate style first cropped up in England in the early 1800s as a reaction to the Neoclassical style. It was romantic and informal […]

4 Old Houses with Charming Kitchens

332 Sharon-Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall, CT Old house kitchens are delicate business. It’s quite the dance, capturing a period in time while also packing in just enough contemporary essentials to […]

5 Old Houses that are Ideal for Entertaining

39 Old Snake Hill Road, Pound Ridge, NY I love my apartment, and it’s in a really lovely historic building. When guests come over, though, I’m reminded that it is […]

These 5 Old Houses Have Elegant Woodwork

148 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA Along with the faulty wiring and the headaches, old houses come with the absolutely, most positively stunning details that make your jaw drop and […]

Jawdropper Alert! This Gothic Victorian is Blowing My Mind

I can’t stop staring at this Gothic Revival facade. The ornament is so bold! It sits on over an acre of hilltop property, with distant Manhattan views, no less. There […]

6 Beautiful Old Craftsman Houses For Sale

504 Hudson Avenue, Paris, TN The Arts & Crafts movement was born out of a critique of all things excessive, ornate, and artificial. Figures like William Morris, whom populated the […]

These 6 Old Victorian Houses are Fabulous and For Sale!

208 W Bush St, Prairie Grove, AR There’s nothing better than an elaborately ornate victorian home. All of those fabulous wood details, (often called gingerbread!) wraparound porches, turrets and other […]

5 of the Best New Hampshire Old Houses For Sale Right Now!

220 Myrtle Street, Manchester, NH Quaint towns and expanses of wilderness make New Hampshire the perfect place to settle down into your own private little piece of history. Charming capes […]



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