The New Masthead

For years I’ve been updating the header on Let’s Face the Music with similar shots of the house as it has evolved.

The original header for the blog before any construction was started.
The original header for the blog before any construction was started.
The Glade
The Glade

The first photos were from March, 2011, when Let’s Face the Music began.

The Glade - Header Fall, 2014
The Glade – Header Fall, 2014
The view from the east end of the street.
The view from the east end of the street.

A  more recent header shows the east side of The Glade with the new additions.  From the front the house hasn’t changed much.  The major changes have mostly affected the back per our agreement with the historical commission.

The Glade in 1993.
The Glade in 1993.
The mailbox hasn't moved so is a point of reference for before and after photos.
The mailbox hasn’t moved and therefore is a point of reference for before and after photos.

Recently I found a 1993 photo of The Glade online.

The Glade in summer of 1997.
The Glade in summer of 1997.
The front of The Glade in February, 2015.
The front of The Glade in February, 2015.

I didn’t move in until 1997. The tree on the right in the 2015 photo is the same one in the middle of the 1997 photo.  The pictures were taken at slightly different angles. The smaller diameter tree, a dogwood, is also still there but unfortunately seems to be dying.

The Glade -- 1993 and 2015.
The Glade — 1993 and 2015.

The newest header is a combination of the earliest photo I have of The Glade (1993) and a recent shot from almost the same angle.  By the time we purchased the house in 1997, the large bushes near the corners of the house had already been removed. Over the years most of the fence posts had rotted away so we removed it also.

Do you have photos of your house before you lived there?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

17 thoughts on “The New Masthead”

  1. Love the before and after photos (or maybe “during” photos as it seems like the improvements are ever evolving!)
    We have before photos of the home we live in and it was amazing before it became neglected. Great post!

    1. Thanks. One of the most rewarding things is that the people in the neighborhood have commented that the new additions (50% again the size of the original house) cannot be distinguished from the original house. Jo

  2. I like it, Jo! No old pictures here but wish I had some, especially of the yard. I do know from the previous owners some of the changes that have been made over the years even before they lived here. You’ve made such progress – it’s amazing.

    1. Thank you. I was disappointed not to find really old photos of the house. The other houses in the neighborhood were built in the 1880s so they are documented. Jo

  3. I keep hoping to find some of mine, the man that used to live here was a local historian & author, so I feel sure he would have had knowledge of the house, but unfortunately he’s passed away. I do sometimes think of writing to his son (from whom we purchased the house) to see what he might tell us, as the family lived here for nearly 50 years. I love your photos side by side!

  4. I only have a not-very-good angle from 1930s county records, and the memory of one photo I saw from the woman who sold me the house. I do wish I had more so I could see exactly what changed, when. Not too much has changed, though.
    It’s good that you have a historical commission to help guide people … many aren’t as sensitive to historic architecture as you have been.

    1. Our historic commission isn’t really too knowledgeable — a bunch of legalistic know-it-alls. My house is mentioned in the historic register as “non-contributing” meaning not historic. Ah, but time passes. Jo

  5. You know I think your home is just beautiful! When we were looking to buy a house, I took pictures inside and out of each one. Then, we bought the one we’re in and often wonder what we were thinking because the backyard (among other things) was awful. We’ve done a lot to it and it is nice to go back and see what we started with.

    1. Thank you for the nice compliment. It’s taken a long time to make my vision a reality (still working on parts of it). I think I took pictures of this house when we bought it but digital was not “in” 18 years ago so I only have prints. I’ll see if I can find them to see some real befores and afters. Jo

  6. Your house has seen so many huge improvements since you moved in! It’s beautiful. I have been able to find a bunch of historic photos of our house, but I’d like to know when the part we live in was added onto the back of the historic portion. Sometime in the 1980’s I think… The only part of the original 1716 house that is “ours” is our kitchen, which still has the antique wide pine floors with chinks where you can see straight down to the basement. it’s pretty cool 🙂 thankfully our basement stays a balmy 70-ish degrees all year round, so it’s never a drafty issue.

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