Sunday, August 12, 2007

House-A-Day: In the Details

house-a-day: in the details

How much would those would wood details cost today? (How many people now even know how to make that stuff?) But they still grace many anonymous old houses in many obscure corners of our city.


  1. these guys do it pretty well. but you're right, the cost is insane. it is truly amazing that modest houses for working folks were ever built so well.

  2. Anonymous9:39 AM

    Some of the slaves in New Orleans were very fine woodworkers. I wonder if they had something to do with the ammount of wood detail on otherwise ordinary houses.

  3. Anonymous8:53 AM

    Given that the ornate exterior woodwork of the Victorian era (1870s-1900s) post-dated slavery, I doubt very much that it did.

    There are, however, many examples of the work of highly skilled, enslaved craftsmen in antebellum houses.

  4. just to have that shadow!

  5. Yeah, that shadow is amazingly cool.