Old House Architecture That Tugs at Your Happy Heart Strings

It’s time for another old house architecture post! I don’t know about you, but I never tire of looking at old homes. I follow a few Instagram accounts that primarily share historic home photos They’re some of my favorites. If you’re ready to join me – let’s take a look at some of the architectural beauty in our country.

We’ll start with the Southern Mansion in Cape May, New Jersey. Isn’t she a beauty? This is a Victorian bed and breakfast built in 1860 and features over an acre of gardens to explore.

The Southern Mansion in Cape May, NJ, built with historic Victorian architecture


This next Victorian home in Vermont isn’t quite as grand as the first, but is equally pretty with its colorful palette. A pretty blooming tree adds even more appeal during the spring season.

historic house with blooming tree in vermont


This next little red house is simple but still carries the allure and appeal of old house architecture. You’ll find this Cape Cod charmer nestled along a street in Newport, Rhode Island.

Historic Colourful Wooden House in Newport, Rhode Island


Located in the same state of Rhode Island, this classic white house with green shutters takes residence in the town of Bristol. Did you know that Bristol became a center of slave trading in the late 1700s? James DeWolf, a U.S. senator, lived in Bristol and by 1820 had trafficked and enslaved over 12,000 people.

Old house architecture in Bristol, Rhode Island


A classic gray, cedar shake house is found on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. There’s not much landscaping, except for the old stone fence surrounding the property – and a long, sparse bush by the front door.

New England mansion at Martha's  Vineyard, MA


This blue Victorian beauty is located in Maine and features detailed trim work. Even the brick chimney has a bit of unique detail to it.

old house architecture in Maine


You might recognize this yellow home that enjoys views of Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. It served as the summer “White House” of President Eisenhower in 1958 and 1960. The Eisenhower House, located in Rhode Island’s Fort Adams State Park, can be rented for special events such as weddings.

The summer "white house" of Dwight Eisenhower


This humble white charmer with blue shutters and lacy gingerbread trim can be found in South Dennis, Massachusetts. Built in American Gothic style in 1856, it serves as the village’s free public library. So next time you visit the area, you can step inside to explore.

White cottage with blue shutters in Cape Cod


While the majority of today’s old house architecture examples are located in New England, this simple beauty resides in Oak Park, Illinois which is about a 40 minute drive from my house. My sister’s hubby grew up in Oak Park in one of its beautiful older homes. The town is filled with beautiful tree-lined streets and features a quaint downtown area for shopping and dining. It’s one of the first suburbs after leaving the city limits of Chicago.

USA / Chicago - House in Oak park village


And finally, a pretty Victorian home with tasteful landscaping and a soothing color palette. This house is typical of the old house architecture you see in the Midwest. I really like the landscaping on this home and would like to mimic parts of it in front of my own home. I like gardens that look slightly disheveled.

A classic and charming Victorian style home


Do you have a favorite from today’s collection of historic homes?


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  1. I’ve always wanted to go to Cape May, and the Southern Mansion has just reinforced that desire. It is gorgeous. I clicked over to see some of their accommodations and they are equally amazing.

  2. The Eisenhower House is adorable. I have to admit I like lots of color On Victorian homes. It makes their detail stand out and calls attention to their loveliness. You find the best properties to show us. Thank you.

  3. We have been to Cape May many times as residents of NJ. It is a beautiful town on the Atlantic and is filled with gorgeous Victorian homes and bed and breakfast inns. We have plans to stay at the Southern Mansion in September. It will be our first time at that property. I am looking forward to it!

  4. I love old homes. Picking a favorite here is not easy. I can narrow it down to three though lol. The homes in Maine, Oak Park, Ill, and Vermont. Of course that bed n bath in Cape May is gorgeous also.

  5. James DeWolf himself had enslaved over 12,000 ppl or that how many slaves came through Bristol by 1820? Neither is good but one is insane.