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Took this pic of a grand pair of early 19th C. houses in downtown Nantucket. For some reason, I always expect to see a funeral home sign in front of Greek Revivals. Merchants or sea captains? I forget. Nantucket went through a brief period of prosperity then, not to see wealth again until its fashionable real estate boom since the 1970s: NYC money, mostly.
Interestingly, Greek Revival architecture was introduced to Greece by Greece's early 19th C. monarchs, King Otto from Bavaria and King George from Denmark.
- Ah, yes. Reader reminds me that these homes were built by the Starbuck family. Great name.
You've been posting some real gems in housing. New England really has some beauties. For me, the older the better, like ancient salt boxes, but nothing screams, "I've got a million like that Greek Revival on Nantucket, that's for sure.
While NE has some beauties of old houses, those of us who have lived in them realize that this beauty comes with a price. There is always something breaking down. My father and a number of his friends spent a lot of time rehabbing old houses. Lot of time, and the more work you farm out to others, a lot of money. My father developed the carpentry skills to do a lot himself.
A childhood friend with a 300 year old house recently spent some big bucks replacing the 300 year old siding. On the other hand: those old wood floors are still good- though the living room floor is only about 100 years old, I believe. Wood laminate floors don't last near that long.
Re modernizing old houses, I am reminded of what my great-grandfather did about a century ago. Instead of adding central heating, electricity and running water to the old house, he built a new house a hundred feet away and tore the old one down.
Edit: Starbuck built the Three Bricks for his three sons; the Two Greeks were built later by Starbuck's daughter Eunice for she and her sister. They had previously occupied a double house, given to them by Starbuck as a wedding presnt, on the same site. Eunice later replaced the double with the Two Greeks.
Are you able to offer a date and a hi-res copy of the top photo of the twin Greek Revival houses on Nantucket's Main St?
The gate fronting the sidewalk and the posts supporting it have been demolished and it would be helpful to have this information for the Nantucket archives.
Nantucket Historic District Commission