Thursday, June 11, 2015

Historic GE Realty Plot Homes Tour

Hello, Dear Ones! Thank you all so much for giving me so many ideas, mock ups, and web sites to look at to help me decide what I need to do over my sofa in my living room. I really appreciate reading all of your opinions and I still don't know what I want to do but I'll consider every thing you've told me. I just love y'all! :)

When you move to a new area there are so many things to see and discover. I love love home tours of all kinds and especially historic homes. Well, Mr. Precious and I were in luck    because there is an area in Schenectady that is called the GE (General Electric) Realty Plots, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and there was a homes tour! Here's a little history for you:

The General Electric Company was established in Schenectady in 1886 when Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works from New York City. From two small buildings and one hundred employees in 1886, the company grew to more than 30,000 employees in 1910, and by 1923 employed over 74,000 people in forty cities. G.E. was well aware of the possibility that their brilliant scientists and engineers could be lured away by other firms or could leave to start their own firms so 75 acres were bought. With its tree-lined streets and luxurious homes, the new neighborhood was an additional enticement to employment at G.E. So that is how the GE Plots were started and the streets are lined with the most gorgeous homes - some huge and some not so huge, but all lovely.

Okay enough history, but I thought you might like to know how this all started. We were told there is a historic home tour held here every other year. So I know Mr. Precious and I will attending these tours.

We toured six homes and I was so excited because I was allowed to take snaps inside the homes! Yay! I'll divide the tour up for you and hope you'll come along with me.
 This is the 1902 Herbert Walker House and is a Queen Anne Victorian. It was currently owned by a young couple who had only purchased it a year ago, knew it was going to be on the tour and they had been so busy painting and making it their own. Enjoy...
 Love the plantings and these green bushy things.
There were so many pretty antiques passed down to this young couple from family members.
 Can you tell they love color? :)
 Pretty little windows at the top of the stairs.
 This is like my Duncan Phyfe table.
 What a precious little bathroom.
This was a light and bright happy home and one of my favorites.

Hope you'll come long with more homes soon.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The House That Built Me

I know they say you cant go home again.
I just had to come back one last time.
Ma'am I know you don't know me from Adam.
But these handprints on the front steps are mine.
And up those stairs, in that little back bedroom
is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitar.
And I bet you didn't know under that live oak
my favorite dog is buried in the yard.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
this brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here its like I'm someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself
if I could just come in I swear I'll leave.
Won't take nothing but a memory
from the house that built me.

Mama cut out pictures of houses for years.
From 'Better Homes and Garden' magazines.
Plans were drawn, concrete poured,
and nail by nail and board by board
Daddy gave life to mama's dream.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
this brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here its like I'm someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself.
If I could just come in I swear I'll leave.
Won't take nothing but a memory
from the house that built me.

You leave home, you move on and you do the best you can.
I got lost in this whole world and forgot who I am.

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it
this brokenness inside me might start healing.
Out here its like I'm someone else,
I thought that maybe I could find myself.
If I could walk around I swear I'll leave.
Won't take nothing but a memory
from the house that built me. 
~ sung by Miranda Lambert



30 comments:

  1. Beautiful through and through! Thanks for taking us with you Shelia!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  2. Thanks for taking us along on the tour. What a beautiful house, I love all the wall colors, and the curving stairs. I want a turquoise bookcase in my kitchen case like theirs.

    Mary

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  3. That is a gorgeous house and i love the bold colors...that is exactly how we painted our old Victorian...and people thought we were crazy! We also painted her outside as a true "painted lady" . I dont like the thing over that mantle tho....looks lile a big Halloween decoration! Ha!

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  4. What a wonderful tour! Shelia, that home has some brilliant colors and the decor is something else! The antiques mixed with the bold colors is so unique! I love home tours and I'm so happy you shared this with us today.

    By the way, I can't wait to also see what you are going to do above your sofa!

    Nancy
    xo

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  5. What a wonderful tour! Shelia, that home has some brilliant colors and the decor is something else! The antiques mixed with the bold colors is so unique! I love home tours and I'm so happy you shared this with us today.

    By the way, I can't wait to also see what you are going to do above your sofa!

    Nancy
    xo

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  6. A beautiful Painted Lady and thank you for the interesting and informative tour of the GE home plots. Looking forward to more field trips. Kathleen in Az

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  7. What a charming home. It's nice to get out and explore your new community I'm sure. Thanks for sharing the tour with us and I'll look forward to seeing. Pam

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  8. I do love all their color on the walls!
    Brenda

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  9. Love-love-love house tours! This is a beauty and this young couple is blessed to have so many beautiful family pieces. Can't wait to see more!

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  10. Thanks for taking us on the tour with you. Love the house. Also love the song -one of my favorites. Reminds me of my folk's home.

    Judy

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  11. What a lovely home, I loved all the colour inside. I'm looking forward to seeing more homes later...and what you decide to do in your lounge!

    Diana

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  12. Wow what a wonderful home! The story of how this area was put together is interesting. That plant you like is called Silver Mound ( Artemisia ). It does well in sun and grows easily. :-)

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  13. I fine this very interesting, looking for more homes to tour. Thanks for sharing. There were very smart folks back then to know how to save they're company.

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  14. So enjoyed the tour and the history, thank you for sharing it with us!
    Hugs,
    Jemma

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  15. Loved the tour! Loved the color used throughout and the stairs were so pretty.

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  16. I think I have some of those "bushy plants" They are a ground cover but I can't remember the name. I'm so bad about planting something and then forgetting what it was.
    That house is beautiful. Isn't it fun seeing how other people decorate? I enjoyed reading the history of the homes.

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  17. I love that house!! The details of the home are beautiful and I love all the colors. Thanks for sharing this.

    We are going on a home tour tomorrow. Hope to be able to take pics. :)

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  18. Hi Shelia, thank you for the tour and the history lesson. So enjoyed your wonderful photos. Beautiful color in this home too. Love those fluffy bushes!! Thanks for sharing, Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs, CM

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  19. I miss Barbie mondays! Are you bringing it back?

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  20. I do love all the happy colors in this house.. Thanks for the history lesson -- I read it to Ray, and he thought it was very interesting, too.

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  21. It is a beautiful home! I look forward to seeing more. xx

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  22. I too love to go through historic homes Shelia, and this one is magnificent! I love the entry in yellow and white, it's so welcoming and cheery.

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  23. I'm tagging a long behind you on the tour! I'm a little slow but I'll catch up with you. This home is wonderful and I love the fact that the young couple have family pieces they are using. Love what they've done inside and out. Can't wait to see more.
    ~Adrienne~

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  24. I loved everything about this beautiful home!!

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  25. What a neat home tour - I adore the bright and cheery color scheme. I also think the windows at the top of the stairs are lovely! Thanks for the happy eye candy. Jane

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  26. Oh what I would give for a porch like this one!!!!!!!!! OMGoodness, what a dream!! The inside is also very pretty. I would spend ALL my time in Spring/summer/fall out on that porch!!!

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  27. Hi Shelia, These Queen Anne style homes are so pretty, I think. The landscaping at this home is just gorgeous! I, too, love color, and the wall colors they've chosen are so pretty and cheerful. I especially love the blue walls behind the Duncan Phyfe table. I have an antique table just like that, but I can't determine if it's a Duncan Phyfe or not. Does yours say Duncan Phyfe inside the drawers or anywhere on the table?

    I'm late visiting, Shelia, but this house is my favorite of the three you've shown so far. :) Thanks so much for sharing and have a great weekend!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  28. I love the unique windows and architecture of these old homes......whew, that's a LOT of color for this colorless lover lol - not my style in that regard, but a neat tour.

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  29. I love your blog and your photography! I'm glad you liked the your and our home. ~Buffy

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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)