Monday, December 8, 2008

Three weeks away!

Bringing the tree home on top of the Honda. Christy decorated the Japanese Maple in the back yard this year. It looks great!

The lights on the front of the house at dusk.

Adjusting the tree in the stand.

More adjustments with Isabelle's help.

Our tree is kind of skinny this year.

New ornaments for the year are Christy's wine cork horse from Herman Missouri and...My John Deere tractor.

And a few old ones like this Rock Chalk Jayhawk ornament!

And a nod to the Grateful Dead.

A strange Gnome appeared on our tree towards the end of the night.

On Sunday we went on a tour of homes in the historic Lincoln Park Neighborhood of Springfield.

Below is 1457 North Third Street.

Originally built in approximately 1929, likely by Charles A. Freeark and his wife, Sophia. This home is for sale for $129,000.00 and it still needs a bunch of work but it is loaded with potential.

Below is 1467 North Third Street
The house was constructed in 1928 and first residents were
Alex E. and Hazel Sandberg. Mr. Sandberg, born in Stockholm, Sweden.

Our favorite on the tour.

Below isThe Rippon-Kinsella House.

The home was built in 1871 by John Rippon, an industrialist who came to Springfield from Connecticut in 1854. He later owned the Excelsior Machine Works. The land on which the house is built was originally owned in the 1830’s by Ninian Edwards, in whose home Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married. The house, originally built in the Italianate style, was purchased by Richard Kinsella in 1899 and remodeled in the Classic Revival style in 1905, adding a columned, wrap-around porch. He fully redecorated the interior and raised the exterior roof to its current high pitch. “Dick” Kinsella, described the Illinois State Journal as a “much feared and admired” man, owned a semi-pro baseball league and developed Springfield’s first baseball stadium.

For an interesting baseball connection follow this Kinsella hot link.

1300 North Fifth Street
Rev. Monsignor Thomas Holinga, Pastor of St. Joseph Church and affectionately known as “Father Tom” to parishioners and neighbors alike, resides in this beautiful home. According to city directories, this home was constructed in 1907. However, features of the home suggest it may have been built prior to 1907.

And finally 1638 North Fifth Street
Tim and Wendy Butler, owners of a new home in an historic neighborhood, provided a twist in the typical “historic” tour. They purchased this recently constructed home in 2003.

And finally on a work related note I gave my final exams today (December 8th) and I don't return to work until January 8th. Wa-Hoooooooooooo!

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