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Friday, March 5, 2010

If These Walls Could Talk

One of the very apparent charms of living in a community like Fort Thomas is quality and character of the housing stock.  While Fort Thomas pre-dates the 1920's most of the housing in town is from that era and includes architectural styles from the Arts and Crafts time period.  In addition to Arts and Crafts style there is a strong German influence as well.

While this age, era, and style is charming and has lots of 'character' there are downsides.  This includes often mismatched decorating styles from one room to the next, maintenance issues, and while the quality of the construction is generally very good they include many original features that are not exactly environmentally or budget friendly.

As a result of this age and heritage I found myself over the years engaging in conversation with other Fort Thomas residents regarding 1 of 2 things:

1. Transplants discussing some of the quirks of these older homes.
2. Life-long Fort Thomas residents who know previous owners and have fond memories of their time with either the people that lived there or with experiences in that home.

This history was brought home to me on a personal level this week as I noticed the headline on the Enquirer that stated "Lee Conley Faced Down Her Pain"  with the quote:

The couple married in 1998 and moved from Fort Thomas to Mason about six years ago.

We purchased the house the Conleys left behind in that story and while I met Lee only once she and her family definitely left a mark on our home.  We of course had to put our personal style into place (a process which has taken us nearly 6 years to complete) by working our way through the house with coats of paint, finished spaces, and new hardware.  The result of all this work includes covering up what was surely one of Lee's crowning achievements of personal expression - the pepto pink cabinets that she left in our kitchen or the green and yellow shag carpet that we removed in what is now our son's room.

This nostalgic look at our homes go beyond conversations in between neighbors and fellow church-goers.  Making a trip through the Facebook page dedicated to Fort Thomas it is very common to find 'fans' (over 1400 fans to be exact) leaving comments about their fond memories of the town, its people, and its places but who now live thousands of miles away.

The last decade has brought a boom in new housing in new far flung suburbs that are incredibly energy efficient but have no history or charm.  Give me my old home with 'character' any day.  A home just isn't the same unless it has generations of stories that may never be told.  Allow our imaginations to run wild after talking to a neighbor about how great the family was that lived there 30 years ago.

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