Category Archives: Archeology of Home

Homeport in Wadhams, NY

I’ve come across another historic photograph of Homeport in Wadhams, NY. This wonderful old house a short drive from Rosslyn was my home during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was a wreck when my parents purchased it and … Continue reading

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History of Essex, New York

[The following excerpt, “History of Essex, New York”, has been taken from Chapter XXXIV (pp. 540-559) of History of Essex County with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers, edited by H. P. Smith, published by D. Mason & Co., … Continue reading

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Essex Horse Nail Company and Wadhams Mills

I spied this intriguing artifact in an eBay auction. It’s a canceled envelope for a letter, invoice, something… sent from the Essex Horse Nail Co., Limited in Essex, New York on August 16, 1898 (year cited in eBay auction, though I’m unable to verify) … Continue reading

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Kestrel Sighting

Katie Shepard posted this vintage photograph of the steam yacht Kestrel on the Essex blog recently to see if anyone could identify the vessel, the boathouse, the men on the pier, the approximate year, etc. Greater Adirondack Ghost and Tour … Continue reading

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Rosslyn’s Benevolence: Stone Gutters?

Just when Rosslyn’s flooded basement (second time in two weeks) starts to discourage me, I am reminded of her benevolence. These beautiful, hand carved stones had been buried 2 feet underground and were serving as footers for upright supports in … Continue reading

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Reawakening Rosslyn

“Rather than trying to coerce the house to do something new, we tried to reawaken it.” (New England Home) In “Taking the Long View” Paula M. Bodah refers to the renovation of a Victorian house near Boston, Massachusetts in unusually … Continue reading

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Mystery: Brick Wall Hole

During an extended rehabilitation, renovation or even restoration, one is liable to lost track of important details. Too many small details whizzing past too fast and for too long. The brain falters. Memory fails. Photos and lists and other archives, no matter … Continue reading

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Tito Ingenieri: Empty Bottles, Full Life

Having invested so much life into Rosslyn, I often find myself wondering about other epic house projects, house design and rehab adventures that eclipse the normal homeowner/home balance. Let me introduce Tito Ingenieri. This creative Argentinian built a beer bottle house out … Continue reading

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Incredible Underground Residence in Switzerland

Rehabilitating Rosslyn has catalyzed many hours of reflection and “research” into what exactly constitutes a residence, and – considerably more compelling – how people stretch and redefine the concept of home. The above-pictured underground residence is a provocative example. This underground … Continue reading

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