Friday, December 07, 2007

Stone house

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This stone house on the corner of Willard and Robertson Streets, was recently uncovered after a clapboard annex and porch were removed. If you enlarge the photo you'll see the scars left by the additions. I have never seen another house like this in Quincy and am still researching its history. I wonder if it was built with some of the leftover stones from a local "grout pile."

I would like to get inside the house to see how thick some of the stones are. Did you know that stone changes temperature so slowly that such a house is warm in winter and cool in summer? It can use less than 1/2 the amount of fuel you would use in a wooden frame house . . . imagine the fuel $avings . . . sure would like to switch fuel bills with the owner.

I really like the 12 over 12 windows.

Tomorrow I'll share the stone wall from the front of this property.

7 comments:

• Eliane • said...

Yep, I knew that. We used to go in the Ardennes on weekends when we were kids. In those rural little towns, the typical house is made in big gray stone like that. Here's an example. They stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. our ancestors knew what they were doing!

Annie said...

This is a beautiful house.

Kate said...

I'd like to live in a stone house. I'm fascinated by the "scar" left after the removal of the former addition. It's a great photo.

Joy said...

That is such a beautiful house. And you captured it well.

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Bucefalo said...

It remember me Normandy's houses.

b.c. said...

That looks nice and old. Old things and their scars--make things interesting

slim said...

Thank you all for your comments ;-)

I wonder why we stopped listening to our wise ol' ancesters, eliane . . . thanks for sharing the grey stone house from the Ardennes . . . I bet you have some fond memories of those weekends.

Enjoy this weekend everyone!