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Friday, April 27, 2012

Old Houses

I love, love, love old houses. There are a couple that are empty in downtown Riverside. We pass by those houses often and I look at them wistfully. About a month ago, I noticed dozens and dozens of irises in the front yard of one of the houses. I stopped the car and got out. At first, I just wanted to take pictures of these beauties to preserve them forever on my backup drive and also to pay my respect for the grandeur they once displayed.

I think this originally was a 2 family dwelling because there is an entrance here and one on the other side, which we will see in a bit.

Now I've gone to the other side...poor stairs, they've seen better days.

I braved the stairs to go on to the wrap around porch. I had noticed a curved window and wanted some of the details.

Sadly, you don't see stuff like this any more.

This is the other door.

This is yet a third entrance at the back end of the house. Servant's quarters, maybe?

I walked around to the back and noticed that one of the original iron grills was still in place.

Then we went next door to help ourselves to some of those iris bulbs. Hey, the place is abandoned and nobody is taking care of the garden anyway. What the heck.

I got so involved pulling up irises then realized I had not taken pictures of the house.

I started pulling up irises again and forgot all about taking pictures of the house. Talk about short attention span!! After a while, I went around to the backyard and found a fig tree. Man, I love figs!

The same fig tree...

Guess what? There were MORE irises in the backyard!

This is another entrance to the same house. Sorry to scare y'all but whenever I get the chance, I have my picture taken with old houses. I like to pretend they are mine, LOL.

Looking up...

The other day, we drove by the these rose bushes were FULL of blooms. The house was supposed to be moved by the city but it's been years and sadly, nothing has happened.

Peeking through the fence at the backyard.

Well, that's it for now, folks.


Thufer said...

Oh wow, what a gem. No for sale sign? Just setting there? I really wish I had the resources for that wonderful and charming place.
Thanks, what a wonderful surprise and a joy to see.
Every one in a while I really wish I was rich in money. I really love this home.

Davelandweb said...

Is this place for sale? What a cool fixer-upper it would be!

TokyoMagic! said...

I bet they're both haunted!!!!

M.Oyler said...

Thank you for your post. This was my Grandparent's house and our family has many fond memories growing up here. Unfortunately the City of Riverside purchased the home from my family through Eminent Domain, and my Grandmother passed shortly after. I hope someone purchases this home and makes it beautiful again.