mode of transportation: bicycles
location: area in Grand Rapids called Heritage Hill
main activity: touring six different 19th century homes
side activity: admiring the many gorgeous Victorian homes in the area while exploring the neighborhood
conditions: very relaxing, sunny and warm, and easy to navigate (“Josh, you take the lead and I’ll just follow, taking in the scenery….”)
highlight: a 1873 Italianate 3-story brick house (our absolute favorite!)
minor fiasco: my chain popped off my bike and Josh had to fix it, and then deal with his black greasy hands before we toured our next house (thanks, Josh!)
The owner of this house collected all things Christmas (most of it antique or vintage) and the inside was STUFFED with his collections. To be honest, his collections overwhelmed the actual beauty of the home, but to each their own.
This was the first home that we toured, and it was very tastefully modernized inside while keeping the beautiful old features.
A neighborhood home
our “vintage” bikes, haha
another gorgeous home in the neighborhood
the outside of this home was not impressive, but the inside was nicely decorated and had neat features
Our favorite home! The inside was beautiful, with a huge banister leading to the second floor, thick mahogany trim work everywhere, huge original carved pocket doors, a wood paneled library-turned dining room, curved glass bay windows, a secret servant’s stairway, a unique passageway between rooms, high ceilings, and I could go on and on…… 🙂
the curved bay window
a cupola that vented the fumes from the very first garage in Grand Rapids built for an automobile
We left inspired!