Today I am sharing three historic home tours with you!
My friend Sarah of She Holds Dearly had this wonderful idea to get a few “oldies” together & to share their pasts.
Our houses not us of course!
So today Sarah, Annie, of Most Lovely Things, and I are telling what we know about the lives lived within our walls before we took over stewardship of our historic homes.
It is always good to get the back story, isn’t it?!
Sarah’s home built in 1906 is in Washington State. Annie’s 1900 home is located in Connecticut and mine built in 1886 is in California.
Since my house is the oldest I guess I get to kick it off…
Three Historic Home Tours
My house is on the National Register of Historic Homes. The official name is the Hood-Cox house. The unofficial name is My Soulful Home, of course. This plaque is on the Canary palm in my front yard.
The house was commission to be built by a Marian Hood of the mid west. Although the records refer to her as Mrs., there seems to have been no mister in the picture.
I picture her as an independent gal. A budding Suffragette and not a reserved widower, but that is my poetic license coming into play…
What we do know is that Mrs. Hood had the house built in 1886 for $2,800 dollars. When it was completed she came to Pasadena to live for at least part of the year, as did many mid westerners at that time.
See my master bedroom before & after HERE.
So many people came from the mid west for the weather and for health reasons that the area is historically referred to as the Indiana Colony.
My house is one of the first and last remaining of that Colony.
As the sign says, the house was moved, but before that Mrs. Hood seems to have up & left.
The elderly gentleman who lived here before us tried to track her down. Most he came up with was she paid taxes for a few years, then no trace.
Seems the house sat empty until the then Mayor of Pasadena, Mr. Cox, bought & moved it.
Very handsome man our 7th Mayor of Pasadena and former steward My Soulful Home!
The move wasn’t by choice, you see the City was putting in a bridge & the house sat right at the mouth of it. It was only moved a mile or so, but imagine that in 1901!
What I can’t imagine is if someone had simply torn it down and had not taken the time to move it. I am forever grateful to Mayor Cox or whomever made the wise, but arduous decision to move a 3 story balloon construction Victorian! Thank you!!
One day there was a knock at the door and a young-ish guy with his little girl and the grandparents were on my porch.
See the before & after of the porch HERE.
The guy apologized profusely for knocking, but he really wanted to meet the people living in his great grandfathers house! The great grandson of Mayor Cox! He told me that the Mayor lived in the house for many many years.
The time after Mayor Cox and before Dean, the charming cantankerous elderly gent who we bought from, is cloudy. No one seems to know who lived here or indeed if anyone did. Dean & his then wife bought the house in the late 1960’s. They divorced in 1983 and Dean went on to live here for 50 years before selling it to us.
He was a character for sure and after 10 months in escrow because he just couldn’t bring himself to hire movers, we finally moved in on October 16th 2016.
In addition to getting the biggest renovation of my life, I learned patience in the process – a bonus!
The house spoke to me the first time I walked through the door.
It was loud and clear ~ “you need to live here“! Maybe it was Marian Hood doing the talking. She didn’t get to be the old lady from Pasadena, but maybe I will someday…
If you’d like to take a video tour of my kitchen restoration complete with BEFORE photos click the arrow on the image.
Thanks so much for coming by today!
** Kelly **
p.s. we have a new SALE on stunning monogram pillows going on at the shop today. Pop over HERE to see!