Estelle Jan 2007

Estelle Jan 2007
This is the home built by John Nelson

Monday, August 27, 2007

Estelle - Jan 2007

Here are some pics of the home before we began the renovation. Estelle was a rental house since 1978 (until Nov 2006). Notice the large widow's walk on top of the house. From this vantage point, John Nelson could scan his vast land holdings - and keep watch for trespassers and law enforcement.

Estelle is filled with many happy memories for many different families. In fact, one neighbor stopped in and his mother talked about being married in front of the grand staircase under the arch (see below).

  • Pictures - in order:
  • The front room. Stairs start in the entry way.
  • The staircase winds up to a large foyer on the second floor.
  • A 'modern' kitchen (the plumbing mostly worked) replaced the old butler's quarters and pantry. The coal stoves have long been removed and chimneys blocked off.
  • The second floor bathroom boasts a tall man's clawfoot tub.
  • An upstairs bedroom shows the lowered ceilings - below the transom. This was thought to help lower the heating costs. All trim and baseboards were removed and replaced with wood paneling in the 1970s - trendy at the time.

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