Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a unique heritage community which covers the history of four centuries and generations of immigrants transforming into American citizens. The majority of the buildings sit on their original sites but some have been moved here to be saved from demolition. In some cases a single building may show restorations from different centuries for comparison. It is fascinating to walk into an 18th century home with a garden of the time period and then visit a World War II era grocery store on the same block. The museum's archaeology department has an interesting blog discussing current events and finds from the ongoing digs in the area.
A trip to New England would not be complete without a visit to Boston, MA. A small city rich in history, the downtown is a contrast of beautiful historic buildings and contemporary structures. Many of its most interesting buildings were also at the centre of the American Revolution, such as Paul Revere house, The Old State House and Faneuil Hall which now houses a great marketplace. The most impressive building to us was The Boston Public Library McKim Building with its classic elegance beautifully restored. Every inch is a spectacle, John Singer Sargent paintings; bronze doors; walls, floors and vaulted ceilings of marble; murals by Edwin Austin Abbey and twin marble lions on pedestals.
Finally, an American holiday for house geeks can not be complete without a Frank Lloyd Wright house in the mix. We found this example of Wright's usonian house design, The Zimmerman House in Manchester, NH. Being the consummate control freak, Wright designed the house, the interiors, all of the furniture and the gardens. The house is owned by the Currier Museum of Art and still houses the Zimmermans' personal collection of modern art, pottery and sculpture.
Catherine Cassidy is a Designer with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in new custom homes and renovations.
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