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