About Walworth: We Recycle! (Houses)

around 1830s? (guessing here, the range of these houses tended to be from the mid-20s to the ’40s, with a few even into the early ’50s.

Nice little town, with a chicken barbecue every once in a while at the firehouse.

Western New York is known for their lovely old cobblestone homes, barns, and other structures, built from either smooth lake-washed cobbles or the more uneven field cobbles.   Most of the survivals are  in Wayne County.   Here is one such home, pristine and with a few tasteful improvements, in the Town of Walworth.

Good for plastic, glass, paper. . . not always the best thing for houses, though.

But in Walworth, something happened!  They decided to reduce, reuse, and recycle.   Go, Walworth!

But maybe recycling is not such a good idea for houses. . . look what can happen if you find
several houses you like, chop them up into parts, and then recycle them into one big happy (?) new house:

Move over you big white blob, you’re hogging the yard. And I was here first!

Why make do with a small house?  Why not have two small houses and stick them together, and get a nice, big house?  You could squish them side-by-side, like this one.   But you’ll always have a house that looks like it is two houses stuck together, kinda like conjoined twins from different eras, and there will be times when they just  won’t be feeling the love. . .

Who am I? Am I a post-Federal stone cottage? Or a gabled Victorian? And I have such a headache, must be all these turrets on my head. . . ow!!! But I sure am pretty, whatever I am (can you throw a few aspirin in the yard, please?)

Or, you could simply find another house and then stick it on top of your old house.  Of course, you may have to do the equivalent of lobectomy to get the two parts to stick together, and you might wind up with something a bit schizophrenic. . .

cold. . . cold. . colder. . . getting warm, nope cold again. . warmer, warmer, warmer–hot, hot hot! You found me, under the gable and behind the porch!

Play games with your house!  How about Old House Hide and Seek:  Feeling a little shabby about owning an old house?  You can always find a much bigger house, cut a hole in it, and drop it over your old stone house. . . no one would ever guess that you are hiding a venerable antique in between all the early 20th century clapboards and things!

Not that any of these things are necessarily bad.  All three of these houses look great, and I bet their families are pleased with their homes and quite happy that they were at least able to save pieces of old homes that would otherwise be torn down.  And there are worse things in life than reassembling chopped-up house parts:

“Betcha can’t find me!” said the old stone house

Remodelled or remuddled?  Unfortunately, there are some people who are not as proud of the past as they should be.  Instead of showing their houses off with pride, they try to make their old home “new” again, with new coverings (yup, they actually cover up their antique home.   Can you find the old house here?

Peek-a-Boo, I see you!

Give up?  (hint:  Look at the foundation, on the right)

Wouldn’t it be nice to unwrap that house someday!

Kinda hard to see from a distance, it all blends into one big pile o’ rocks.

Owner Knows Best:  Of course, you could be so totally ashamed of your old stone house that you update it–with–what else–more stone!  What could be better than the original old, red lake-smoothed stones?  Why, modern slim-cut siding on sale at Lowe’s!   Sometimes the old stones were actually gathered right at the lake, but since the lakeshore  has receded so much since ancient times, you can still find these lake-washed stones even 4-5 miles out from the shore  (the current Ridge Road is thought to be the ancient boundary of Lake Ontario).  Sorry, you will have to go to Palmyra to see this one, but it’s a nice little drive –until you see this stone-wrapped stone house.  Then you feel so bad about how this building was treated you  don’t feel like talking all the way home.

Better views up close, on the right and left wings:

The quoins are original. From what I can see, these look like they might be quarried stone (lime?) but sometimes you find them constructed from brick.

poor old house!