This brick home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago was built in 1884 for William and Anna W. Waterman. The architect was Henry Fletcher Starbuck. Starbuck lived and worked across the United States; he was born in Nantucket and began his career in Boston, moving later to Chicago, Milwaukee and eventually California.
The Waterman home features beautiful original woodwork and gorgeous stained glass, all common during the Victorian era. It is wonderful to see everything so well preserved.
Although Starbuck designed many homes, he earned a reputation as a specialist in church architecture. In addition to the Waterman home he designed the Quinn AME Chapel at Wabash and 24th Street in Chicago which is the oldest church for African American congregations in the city of Chicago.
If part of your spring cleaning detail involves painting your interior, I found a great article at Apartment Therapy that describes everything to consider when selecting color and includes some great photos to help further enlighten.
Then read this to see how designer Susan Diana Harris in San Francisco used color in a Victorian home to link the small spaces together. She chose a pretty bold color pallet.
I just finished my third book by British author Sophie Hannah. So far I have read Little Face, The Truth Teller’s Lie and The Wrong Mother. Have you ever read her work? I have really enjoyed her crime stories. As I read the books, the detectives’ personalities are unfolding and I am enjoying getting to know them all. I think the cases that Ms. Hannah has created are unique and try as I might to solve these mysteries she manages to stay one step ahead of me so that I am always surprised by the time I get to the end. They are very quick reads and I look forward to reading the next one.
Have a great week!