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Historical Shelters

Historic Santa Ana Cottage Started With a Love Story

By Bethany Erickson | January 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

What makes a house is wood and bricks, but what makes a house a home is love, which is what Fred Wohl had plenty of for his bride, Gladys, when he built her a cottage in the up and coming new neighborhood of Wilshire Square in Santa Ana, California, in 1930. According to a relative, […]

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Greek Revival Transformed Into Thoroughly Modern Old Charleston Single

By Bethany Erickson | January 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

There is just something about Charleston, South Carolina, and it’s homes. We’ve done our fair share of ogling of them over the years here at SecondShelters, and this Sunday is no exception. Built in 1840, this Charleston Single Greek Revival sits on Wentworth Street, firmly in the Boroughs neighborhood of historic Charleston, but also a […]

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Midcentury Time Capsule Overlooks Lake, Mount Rainier

By Bethany Erickson | January 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

If we told you that we found a gorgeously well-preserved Seattle Midcentury time capsule in Seattle, would you be surprised? For many, when they’re told to close their eyes and think of the architecture that most represents Seattle, they might think of the Northwest style developed by architects like Seattle’s Paul Thiry, or Craftsman and […]

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Best of 2019: Historical Shelters

By Bethany Erickson | December 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

All that’s really left to remind anyone of the time Herbert “The Cat” Noble lived in North Texas is the stretch of land he bought up around 1941, before there was a Lake Grapevine, in southern Denton County.  Suffice to say, Noble wouldn’t recognize the extravagant estate that sits there now, either. When he lived […]

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Famed Civil War-Era Architect Built Bones of Surprising Home

By Bethany Erickson | December 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Famed Civil War-Era Architect Built Bones of Surprising Home

When Civil War-era architect Frank Furness built this week’s historical shelter in West Chester, Pennsylvania,  it’s likely he didn’t envision it being a family home. That’s because it was originally a barn. Before his death in 1912, Furness had ultimately built more than 600 buildings, and had taught more than a few young architects to […]

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Chance to Own Rare Alfred Preis Honolulu Home

By Bethany Erickson | December 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Chance to Own Rare Alfred Preis Honolulu Home

Alfred Preis almost didn’t become an architect. More accurately, Alfred Preis almost didn’t survive to become the highly regarded architect he became. He survived tuberculosis at age four, then World War I in Vienna, then managed to acquire passports that allowed him and his wife to leave Nazi-occupied Austria. When they arrived in Hawaii in […]

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