Simpson Dunlop House, 417 N Kenilworth Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, USA

Simpson Dunlop house

Simpson Dunlop hired architect E.E. Roberts to design what’s known as “everyone’s favorite house” in Oak Park in 1896. Dunlop was a grandson of Oak Park founders Joseph and Betty Kettlestrings. A Chicago native, the owner of the Simpson Dunlop House passed away only 3 years later, in 1899, at only 42 years of age. […]

Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305, USA

Alice Austen House

The House of an Artist Art is the keyword for this ancient Dutch colonial house, whose original structures date back to the 1690s. Alice Austen, a renowned photographer, transformed the second-floor closet of her waterfront home into a darkroom, where she crafted over 7,000 images capturing the evolving landscape of New York City.  Embracing a […]

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, 941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, located at the junction of Bourbon Street and St. Philip Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter, is a historic landmark dating back to the 1770s. It was erected during the Spanish colonial period and it is one of the oldest architectural structures in the city. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop: an Example of French […]

Hermann-Grima House/Museum, 820 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

Hermann-Grima House room

First, a luxurious private residence, then a boarding house for single women, and finally a museum, this Federal-style mansion known as the Hermann-Grima House, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, encapsulates the essence of the 19th century. It’s no wonder that its meticulously restored features and charming courtyard garden attract large groups of tourists […]

The Presbytère

One of the historic homes in New Orleans, The Presbytère is pictured here on a blue-sky day.

The Presbytère, also known as The Presbytère houses, were originally funded by a Spanish philanthropist to resemble Louisiana’s Cabildo in 1791. The Cabildo was a Spanish Colonial building used by the local government and remains Louisiana’s most important historical building. While the Presbytère portrayed the same elegance as The Cabildo, the structure was built on […]

Wyckoff House, 1652

This is an image of the Wyckoff House in New York City on a sunny day, one of the oldest historical houses in New York.

This structure is known to be the oldest house in New York City – nearly 400 years old. That is ancient for the United States, considering our short history compared to the rest of the world. Originally built by European migrants, it remains the oldest example of a Dutch saltbox frame house in the USA, […]

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

Another historic American home, Edgar Allan Poe's Cottage in the Bronx in New York City is a notable home in the history of the United States.

At the end of his life, Edgar Allan Poe resided in this small cottage in the Bronx. His wife, Virginia, suffered from Tuberculosis and the pair thought that a new lifestyle, away from the polluted streets of downtown NYC, would help her to recover her health. Of course, being away from the hustle and bustle […]

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

Black and white image of Frank Lloyd Wright's historic house in Oak Park, Illinois.

Well-known architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic house and design studio was first built in 1889. He was just 22 years old and needed a $5,000 loan from his employer. Wow, those were the days! He and his family lived there until 1909 and helped raise six children during his time living there, now known as […]

Woodrow Wilson House on S Street

A view of the historic home the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, DC on a sunny day.

This mansion joined the Wilson family as a gift to Woodrow’s wife, Edith, after he completed his presidency. Wilson purchased the home without having ever set foot inside it or seeing it in person. When the couple did finally move in they added a billiard room, a brick garage, and an in-house library for his […]

Earnest Hemmingway Childhood Home

Ernest Hemingway's childhood home is a historic home in Oak Park, IL.

Not many people know this, but this historic house in Oak Park is what Ernest Hemingway called home for the first six years of his life. On top of being Hemingway’s first home, this property was the first in the entirety of Oak Park to have electricity. We like to imagine the sound of Ernest’s […]

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