It’s been a while since I’ve published a walking tour of historic homes. As it just so happened, hubby and I went to see Shen Yun in Aurora, Illinois, which has a lot of older homes. We decided to go back on Sunday to snap some photos of the west side Aurora historic district.
There were so many historic homes to enjoy on our Sunday walk. I need to share all the beautiful homes in a few posts. I fell head over heals in love with this purple Italianate charmer.
Just look at the details on the facade. Note the pairing of green, cream, and deep purple on the windows, and the architectural embellishment at the top of the 12-over-12 windows.
I don’t know what it is about purple houses that gets me every time. I’m not a huge fan of the shade but there’s just something about purple on a historic home. My favorite house in Naperville is also purple.
If you like a more subdued Victorian, you might enjoy this 3-story charmer in the Aurora Historic District. It has a beautiful turret and pretty trim. Plus I love that second story balcony.
More than one painted lady in the historic district has a second story balcony. Look closely and you’ll see the pair of painted rockers on the balcony. How fun to sit out there and watch the world go by!
Our Sunday walk was so inspiring! I thought about waiting a couple of weeks when the trees would have leaves, but bare branches make it easier to see the houses.
As we walked I wondered how the owners decided what colors to use on their home’s exteriors.
This beautiful blue Queen Anne Victorian home was also one of my favorites of the day. Such a pretty home with amazing detail – even the street lamps in the west side Aurora Historic District are delightful.
Not all of the older homes are painted ladies. You’ll see a variety of homes in this neighborhood, like this gorgeous Tudor.
A stately Neoclassical style white home looks like it could’ve been in a movie. Hubby made up a story about this house being haunted. He told me to check all the windows in the photos to see if a ghostly face was peering out.
Right around the corner is another jaw-dropping gorgeous home. Sigh.
Just imagine all that you can see from the cupola. The river, the downtown area, the surrounding historic homes. We gazed at all the amazing details on this home for quite a few minutes. It’s just stunning.
It was hard to capture this home’s beauty all in one photo. Think of all the craftsmanship that went into this home. I wonder how long it took to build this home.
I have more photos of the west side Aurora Historic District, but I’ll save them for another day.
Do you have a favorite house on today’s walking tour?
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