It’s been a while since I’ve shared a walking tour of historic homes but I finally managed to head back to my hometown of Geneva, Illinois to photograph 15 beautiful houses for you to enjoy. Geneva is where I was born and raised and now we live about 10 miles away, so it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump from our driveway.
This house reminds me of similar homes in the Deep South.
I was hoping someone would come out and invite me up on the porch for lemonade.
And then I was hoping they’d invite me inside for a tour.
All of these homes happen to reside in the same area where I went to grade school.
and yet never know or appreciate their architectural beauty.
But that never happened and someone else snatched it up and flipped it. It’s over 100 years old.
I’d like to add shutters like these to my own house. Someday.
But the property was recently divided and new houses built next door.
The current owners breathed new life into it and it’s now restored to its former glory.
It’s so refreshing to see historic homes restored instead of torn down.
Not sure what that’s all about but I’m sure there’s an interesting story behind it.
Why can’t they add windows like this to new homes?
They didn’t have any children my age so I’ve never been inside.
It was small and I remember eating pancakes at the breakfast table with my friend and her brother.
They later moved to the other side of town and we simply found new friends.
Can you see how the windows on the second floor under the peak aren’t evenly spaced?
It’s been well kept and you can see a clapboard addition in the back. I love the stone wall out front.
I realized I’ve never shared a picture of my childhood home on my blog yet.
I promise I’ll take one on my next walking tour of Geneva, even though it’s not an older beauty like these.
Here’s a few more walking tours showcasing historic homes: